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aronovitchThe family of Rabbi Avrohom (Drew) Aronovitch is deeply saddened to announce his passing on May 17, 2017 at his home in Passaic, New Jersey. He had recently turned 55.

Drew was born in Winnipeg on April 25, 1961 to Brian and Penny (nee Parks). He grew up in south Winnipeg, attending Sir William Osler Elementary School and Grant Park High School, and University of Winnipeg.  
Drew was gifted intellectually. He had a sharp and witty sense of humour and was always positive. Those who knew him state that he never uttered a negative comment about another person and he perpetually wore a trademark smile. He had an encouraging word for everyone  he encountered, gave to others unendingly and never missed a moment where he might be able to lend assistance. Drew did not judge others and was respectful of people of all denominations. He strived to be a good person and his children reflect the standard Drew set.
Drew was held in high esteem in his community and his 90 minute funeral was one of the largest ever held in Passaic with over 800 in attendance.  Eulogies were given by the three rabbis who knew him best, his sons Yehuda & Yehoshua, his son-in-law Eli (Hindy) and his father-in-law, Rabbi Chaim Blumberg. Of particular mention were that he was a true prince and he had a “glow’ about him. 
When Drew left the doctor’s office 7 years ago with his cancer diagnosis and a sad/glum look, he determined that was not what people needed to see and he had a smile on his face by the time he was on a city street. His closest friend and confidant, Reb Ron Yitzchok Eisenman, said that Drew counted the past 4 years as a gift and never once uttered a word about feeling sorry for himself. Right to the end, he insisted there were others worse off than he was.
Drew is survived by his devoted wife Sara Devora; children Hindy (Eli, Dovid, Leah, Yechezkel, and Malki), Yehuda (Rachel and Yechezkel), Yehoshua (Sushy), Rochol (Shloimy), Bracha, Shoshana, Mordechai, Chana Rifka, Moshe Aaron, Esti, Dovid, and Tehila. He was predeceased by his son Akiva, and parents Brian and Penny. Left to mourn are his siblings Fraser (Marla, Lee, and Ben), Lois (Michael, Jamie, and Rachel), and Steven (Amy, Jaden and Lexi). As well, Drew will be sorely missed by his uncle Don Aronovitch (Beverly).
Avrohom’s death leaves both a enormous legacy and an enormous hole.
May his memory be a blessing to all.
Donations can be made to the Rabbi Avrohom (Drew) Aronovitch Scholarship at the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba or to a charity of your choice.

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It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Matthew Glass, a beloved husband, father, grandfather (Zaida), and community pillar on Friday June 28, 2024. Matthew passed away at the age of 92, having lived a long and wonderful life alongside his devoted wife, Dianne. This August, they would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary, a testament to their enduring love and commitment.

Matthew was born in 1932 in Winnipeg to immigrant parents, and he was the third of four sons and grew up in an entrepreneurial household where his parents owned a corner grocery store in the North End of Winnipeg. Matthew was the only one of his siblings to pursue higher education, earning a professional degree in pharmacy. At the age of 18, he began an apprenticeship as a pharmacist and shortly after entered the faculty, graduating in 1954. This marked the beginning of a long and esteemed career as a community pharmacist.

Once he purchased his first pharmacy, Talbot Pharmacy in 1962, located at the corner of Talbot and Grey, and got married, Matthew began his long career serving generations of families in the community. He and Dianne spent the first ten years of their marriage without children, working hard at the pharmacy while traveling the world and sharing his love for the game of golf. In 1980 Matthew had the opportunity to open a second pharmacy in the same community, Munroe Pharmacy, located at the corner of Munroe and London. Later he would amalgamate both pharmacies at the one location. Matthew worked long hours and loved his profession, dedicating almost 60 years to pharmacy, with 50 of those years as a pharmacy owner in the Elmwood/East Kildonan community. He was deeply respected for his expertise, empathy, and respect.

As a pharmacist and pharmacy owner, Matthew had the privilege of not only managing people’s health and medication but also acting as their advocate, in many aspects of their life. He truly cared for his clients and their families, with generations seeking his services and guidance. Even though he retired over 10 years ago, he remained a cherished figure in the community, with many still asking about him and sharing kind words. At work he led by example with his strong work ethic, compassion and heart. He created a legacy at the pharmacy, one that his daughter Michelle, who followed in his footsteps, continues to uphold with pride.

Matthew was a role model and mentor for his family. He excelled in many activities, from winning bowling championships to curling and playing golf. He was very active throughout his life, achieving a hole-in-one in his 70s—a modest yet proud accomplishment. He supported the Arts with his wife with season tickets to the RWB, MTC, and Virtuosi to name a few.

Despite his busy career, Matthew made time for his family, especially as a Zaida to his three grandchildren, Miri, Gabi and Saully. Matthew was predeceased by his parents Fanny and Joseph Glass, siblings Ervin, David and Alfred Glass, son Frederick Glass.

Matthew is remembered as a kind, gentle, and generous man by all who knew him. He lived a full life, achieving everything he wanted to while being surrounded by his loving wife Dianne, daughter Michelle (Roni Estein) and his entire family. He leaves behind a legacy of love, dedication, and community service.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to a charity of your choice, in memory of Matthew Glass.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday July 2, 2024 at Chesed Shelemes and may be viewed at

May his memory be a blessing.

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Unveiling for Jerry Silbert

The family of the late Jerry Allan Silbert wishes to inform their relatives and friends of the unveiling of a headstone dedicated to his loving memory on: Sunday, July 14, 2024, 11:00am at the Rosh Pina Memorial Park 2795 Main St. Winnipeg, MB

Meal of Condolence to follow at the Congregation Etz Chaim, 1155 Wilkes Avenue  Winnipeg, MB

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Joel Garry (Joe) Eskow September 11, 1951 – June 9, 2024

It is with profound sadness that we announce Joe’s passing at the Grace Hospital on June 9, 2024 after a courageous battle with cancer and other medical complications. . 

Joe will be remembered and lovingly missed by his wife Rochelle Zucker and sister Maureen Eskow.  He was predeceased by his parents Charles (Chuck ) and Corinne Eskow.  He was a devoted son, loving brother and supportive and loyal husband.

Joe was born in Winnipeg.  He went to school in Garden City and then studied telecommunications and electronics at Red River Community College. He worked in that field briefly before joining the family business, Chuck’s Trailer Parts and Van Accessories.  He however always kept up his interest in electronics and stayed abreast of the constant innovations in technology.  He used his skill and knowledge to fix all sorts of things. From a young age, Joe maintained a keen interest in photography.

Joe had a unique personality and a strong will. He was however a very kind, considerate and compassionate person. He had a very quirky sense of humour. 

Joe and Rochelle visited Costa Rica frequently.  It was his “happy place”.  He loved nature and the wildlife. He enjoyed spending time with friends and listening to live music.

The family would like to thank the many doctors, nurses and healthcare aides for the kindness and care given to Joe over the last several months. Rochelle wishes to extend special gratitude to Dr. Gabriel Furman for his moral support and consideration during Joe’s final days. 

The funeral was held on June 11, 2024  at the Hebrew Sick Cemetery.  Rabbi Kliel Rose officiated.

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