1930 – 2017
With great sadness we announce the passing of Pearl Palay (nee Hollander), suddenly on Tuesday morning, March 14, 2017 at Grace Hospital.
Pearl was a loving mother to her children, Linda (Norman), Murray (Ivy), Michael (Kathy) and Andrea (Noel). She adored her grandchildren Ilana (Bram), Jennifer (Nathan), Matthew, Leo, Max, Josh, Zachary, Samantha, Rachel, Alexa and Eli. She also was great-grandmother to Brody, Reid, Noah, Stella and Evie. She leaves behind her sisters Clarice Rayter and Sheila (Izzy) Moskovitch, many nieces and nephews, and Kathy’s children Everett and Amy who all adored her. She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Syd, and her daughter-in-law Elana. Pearl was born 86 years ago in Winnipeg, living in the North End for most of her life, and moving to the South End later in life to be near her children and grandchildren. They were the focus of her life, and her world revolved around them. The unsolicited devotion of her children and grandchildren are testimony to the special person she was. Never wanting to trouble anyone, she was always happy with her lot in life, and grateful for everything. She was renowned as a baker, her specialties now a lost art. Pearl’s compassion for others went beyond her immediate family, she cared for everyone, and anyone who knew her cared equally for her. She was devoted to our father, Syd, and didn’t leave his side during his final four months in hospital. Although the last few years presented health problems and Pearl was not as mobile as she wanted to be, she remained supportive, open minded, and generous to others. She was a very clever woman and until her final day had her full wits about her. In the end, Pearl handled her pain as she handled her life, without a complaint, quietly and with dignity. We will all miss her dearly. We would like to thank Mom’s physicians, Dr. Claire Jaeger, Dr. Charles Bernstein and Dr. Stephen Corne. Donations in Pearl’s memory can be made to the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba to the “Eli Solomon Special Needs Fund”, or to Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.