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NEIL TAPLEY

Born January 16, 1961 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Predeceased by his father Herbert, grandparents Murray and Lillian Roberts, and Jack and Edith Tapley, and niece Cassie. Neil is mourned by his beloved mother Corrine (Roberts), son Christian Poisson, brother Mark and his wife Tannis (Hamilton), and their children, Brian, Hailee and Merileen, brother Spencer, and his children, Cale and Colton.

Neil grew up in River Heights and Tuxedo and at a young age sought out having fun, travelling all over North America as a carny with Conklin Shows. He eventually settled in Vancouver where he spent many years as a successful car salesman, then as a property manager.

Neil’s passion for BMX biking, motorcycles and music were the loves of his life until he became a very proud father to Christian and loved mentoring him with a gleam in his eye.

Neil was involved in a terrible accident in October 2019. His fight post-accident was indicative of his strength and tenacity, but in no way defined his love of life and family. Neil always exuded happiness and positivity.

Neil passed on January 10, 2024 in Vancouver, BC with his family by his side. The Tapley family would like to thank all those responsible for the wonderful support and care Neil was given at Surrey Memorial Hospital and Vancouver General Hospital over the years, as well as the amazing care and compassion he received at The Finnish Home, where Neil resided after his accident until his passing.

Funeral services were held at Temple Sholom Cemetery and subsequent Shiva at Temple Sholom Synagogue with Rabbi Dan Moskovitz officiating. Pallbearers were brothers Spencer and Mark, sister-in-law Tannis, and nephews Brian, Cale and Colton.

Donations can be made to Temple Sholom Synagogue, 7190 Oak St, Vancouver, BC, V6P 3Z9, Phone (604) 266-7190, or a charity of your choice.

May his memory always be a blessing and warm the hearts of those that knew him.

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Dr.STANLEY HYMAN

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Stanley Hyman, 84, who passed away in Winnipeg January 10, 2024, after a brief illness. His beloved daughter Jodi was by his side.

He was predeceased by his parents Irving and Sarah and his brother Robbie and leaves to mourn his daughter Jodi (Connie), sister-in-law Barbara Hyman and his niece Allison Axelrod (Bobby) and Nephew Hartley Hyman (Rishona) their families and Stan’s cousins and friends.

Stanley had many joys in life with a number of interests over the years. One of his great loves was his love for playing sports and running. He was a member of The Flavor Buds running group for many years and ran in many half marathons and other recreational running events.

He enjoyed his chosen profession of dentistry and this was evident by his frequent watching of dental procedural videos and attendance at conferences and other educational opportunities. He enjoyed photography with a dark room in our basement, eating at restaurants and especially trying “new foods” to satisfy his eclectic palate.

When Stanley retired from dentistry, he enjoyed a quieter side of life which included daily walks with his dog grandchildren, watching sports on TV (especially baseball and basketball) and doing odds and ends for his daughter Jodi around her house. He will be missed.

Funeral services were held January 11 at Shaarey Zedek Cemetery. Donations may be made in memory of Stanley Hyman to the charity of your choice. Love you Dad XO

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ALLN MELTZER

Allan Meltzer passed away peacefully on Monday January 8, 2024 in Ottawa, Ontario after a long illness. Allan was born on November 25, 1947 to loving parents Arnie and Helen Meltzer (nee Shore) of Beausejour, Manitoba.

Allan was predeceased by his wonderful parents, Arnie and Helen Meltzer, loving aunts and uncles especially those he was closest to – Auntie Mickey Margulius and his Uncle David Meltzer. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Deborah Tambeau, his brother Gary Meltzer, children (from his first marriage to Cynthia Posner), Jonathan Meltzer (Sean), Megan Meltzer, and his grandchildren, Gabby Meltzer, Jerrod Meltzer, and Benji Carroll. Allan will be missed by his cousins, Eileen Margulius Curtis, Allan (Corrine) Margulius, and Deborah’s extended family.

Allan grew in Beausejour, Manitoba where he was surrounded by a loving family. The family eventually left small town Manitoba for Winipeg for better opportunities. The Meltzers moved to Hartford Avenue in West Kildonan, where Allan attended West Kildonan Collegiate and went on to the University of Winnipeg.

After being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in his early 20s, Allan used this shocking diagnosis as motivation to raise money for the Diabetes Association of Canada. Allan also took up running to manage his new reality. He quickly became a marathon runner and was appointed ambassador for the Canadian Diabetes Association. He raised money by running marathons all across the country and the U.S. One of his proudest moments was finishing the Boston Marathon in the 1980s. Allan was an athlete at heart and was always training. In addition to running, he had a love of cycling, rowing and many other forms of exercise.

Allan spent his career working for the Federal Government in Parks Canada. Early years took him all over the country, including posts at Jasper, Lake Louise and Ottawa, before settling in Winnipeg to start a family. Allan’s career had him later returning to Ottawa, where he met the love of his life, Deborah. In Ottawa Allan lived his best life with Debora – an urban life with no car, living in a housing cooperative – where they lived for decades, being vegetarian, and fostering a love for Ireland and various forms of Irish music.

Post retirement, Allan had the chance to do all the things he always wanted to do: go back to school to study journalism and focus on his hobbies, such as acting and playing music. Allan could be seen in the market area in Ottawa playing his Irish whistle. Allan and Deborah shared a deep love for each other, a love for cycling, Irish music, and going for pints with friends.

We are so thankful for all the amazing care he received over the years, including from: City View Assisted Living, Laurier Manor, Montfort Hospital, and his final home, Elizabeth Bruyere Residence. Donations can be made in Allan’s honour to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Rady JCC.

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RONNA FILKOW

September 19, 1948 – Winnipeg, Manitoba January 22, 2024 – Calgary, Alberta

Ronna Avis (Turner) Filkow was born on September 19, 1948 in Winnipeg, and passed away on January 22, 2024 in Calgary, after a brave battle with cancer. She was 75.

The second of four children born to George and Muriel Turner, Ronna grew up in a loving and close-knit Jewish family in north-end Winnipeg. George, an ex-Air Force drill sergeant, was a formidable person with a strong work ethic and a huge heart. Muriel infused a mother’s love into her delicious food and warm home. Ronna somehow combined these qualities – she was kind and assertive, caring and confident, a fabulous cook, and a fierce supporter for those she loved.

Ronna was a tomboy who loved to play and watch sports, and also a graceful ballerina and beautiful catalogue model. She was valedictorian at West Kildonan Collegiate, Sweetheart Queen at the YMHA, and enjoyed many wonderful friendships, especially with the “Lovelies” at their epic reunion weekends. Ronna worked as an elementary school teacher, a postpartum doula and childcare provider. She loved animals, healthy eating, jogging and watching tennis and hockey. She was a lifelong learner who loved to read, research and discover. She also loved meeting new people and hearing their stories. Her warm, positive energy made people feel welcome, comforted and special.

When Ronna was 11 years old, Colin Filkow moved in across the street. He was a jokester who made her laugh and had a cool go-cart. They became fast friends and would use walkie-talkies to chat with each other from across the street. Within a few years, the two were inseparable. They were married in 1969 and went on to have many great adventures as partners, travellers, parents and grandparents in Los Angeles, Winnipeg, Mexico, Palm Springs, China and Calgary.

Ronna and Colin were married for nearly 55 years and had three children: Amie, Dylan and Annie. Ronna’s favourite job was being a stay-at-home mom and later a devoted Baba to six grandchildren ranging in ages from 2 to 17, attending each one of their births. She was an honorary Baba for countless other babies and kids, whether it was providing newborn care, offering wisdom and guidance to grateful new parents, or making the children in her life feel loved and cherished.

Ronna will be lovingly remembered by her husband Colin, her children Amie (Paul LaPointe) Filkow, Dylan (Dana) Filkow, and Annie (Joel) Merrifield, and her siblings Barbara (Barry) Cutler, Gerri (Bob) Ostry, and Bryan (Wendy) Turner. She was predeceased by her parents George and Muriel Turner. Her grandchildren Leo, Asher, Sylvie, Lilly, Bowie and Georgie will miss her dearly.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Ronna’s name to the Canadian Cancer Society. Funeral service was held on Friday, January 26 in Calgary.

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