Sam was born on June 19, 1947, and passed away on March 22, 2020.
He was predeceased by his parents, Max and Edith Minuk. He leaves to mourn his loss: brothers, Gary (Cheryl) and Yosel (Lindsay), sister Maureen Pollock, special friend Darlene Francis, and many nephews and nieces.
Sam grew up in Winnipeg’s North End where he attended Luxton and St. John’s High School. He received his BA (Hon) at the University of Winnipeg and Masters Degree in History from the University of Waterloo.
Immortalizing the essence of a relative in an obituary is a task that hurts the heart and fatigues the mind. On the one hand, one wants to memorialize our loved one, but at the same time, we know that often the words we put to paper feel inadequate and cannot do justice to feelings of loss and sorrow.
No one could have written a better obituary than Sam himself. It would have been full of cartoons ad doodles, but it would have been eloquent and articulate. He had a way with pen and paper, a turn of phrase, and capturing the essence of a story. His birthday cards, silver screen synopsis and book, Minuk’s History of Canada, are just some of the many examples of his many talents.
Simplicity was the core of his personality. He was genuine, kind an humble. He went about life without ulterior motivation, and without expectation.
Beyond his love of family, there are at least three absolutes about Sam that anyone close to him could assert without reservation: he adored animals, the silver screen and teaching. His love for the three was endless. He showed compassion and kindness towards animals that was unmatched.
When Sam spoke about the Silver Screen during his lectures at the University of Winnipeg, Rady Centre or on occasions at the Centennial Concert Hall, his passion and excitement were palpable. He had an unmatched way with both the written and spoken word.
Sam first taught in England, subsequently at Winnipeg’s Peretz School and in later years served as a school principal in rural Manitoba. He was a master teacher who left an indelible mark on those fortunate enough to be in his class. His many students will always remember the cartoons he drew on their assignments and tests.
Sam was extremely well read, a lifelong learner and had an encyclopedic knowledge of trivia. If he was on your team for Trivial pursuit you were assured a win.
In one of life’s worst ironies, a man so well read and eloquent was stricken with Semantic Dementia, a disease that robs you of your ability to read and understand words.
Due to concerns with the Coronavirus, a graveside service was held at the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery with Rabbi Altein officiating. Pallbearers were Mark Chisick, Glen Keddy, Myron Love, Gary Micfliker, Richard Pollock and Yale Shaffer.
Special thanks to Noel Pascua and Trudy for their care and devotion during his difficult years at the Simkin Centre.
In honour of Sam’s memory, donations may be made to Winnipeg Humane Society or the charity of your choice.
We lost one of a kind.
BERNARR IVAN KLAPMAN
Passed away November 12 in his home in Tampa.
Barry (as he was known) Klapman was a business leader in Winnipeg. After law school he went to work for his father, Meyer, who started Peerless Garments manufacturing company and grew the family business into one of the largest employers in Winnipeg. Barry loved boating and trips to Las Vegas with his family.
He is survived by his: wife Monique Landry; two children, Arla Klapman Green and Jason Klapman; daughter-in-law Sarah Klapman, and son-in law Stephen Green; sister Maxine Brownstone; niece and nephew, Lorrie and Danny Brownstone; as well as his four grandchildren, Charli, Myles, Miller, and Gabrielle. .
He lived his life to its fullest. Donations in Barry’s memory can be made to Brothers For Life https://www.brothersforlife.com/donate/
It is with deep sorrow that he family of Barry Posner announces his passing after a lengthy illness at the age of 75 on Monday, October 9, 2023.
Barry leaves behind his wife, Sharon; children, Adam (Christiane) and Daniel (Victoria); grandchildren, Jordan, Jade, Ari, and Zoey; brother, Murray; and nephew, Cort. Barry was predeceased by his parents, Alec and Claire, and his in-laws, Harry and Rose Borodkin.
Thank you to all the staff at St. Boniface E2 Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit, especially Dr. Denira Govender and nurse Kaitlin for all of their kindness during this difficult time.
Funeral service was held graveside at the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery on Thursday, October 12, 2023. Our thanks to Rabbi Matthew Leibl for his beautiful eulogy and to the pallbearers: Cort Posner, Zeev Rafaeli, Joseph Gillies, Aaron Migie, Rod Gordon, and Stephen Dubienski.
Barry loved his family and friends. He had a great sense of humour and always made people laugh. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, son, son-in-law, brother, and uncle. Barry was so brave and courageous during the years of his illness. He will be forever missed and never forgotten.
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Joel David Cooperband on Friday, October 6, 2023. Joel leaves behind his loving wife of 35 years, Cheryl, his gorgeous daughter Adeena, and his beautiful son Joshua. He also leaves behind his sister Reesa (Marty), brother Benjie (Adrienne), brother-in-law Monte (Stephanie), mother-in-law Shirley, along with nieces, nephews, and his uncle David Weinberg.
Additionally, he leaves behind his favourite fur babies, Jersey and Milo. Joel joins his dad Mickey, who passed February 1983, his mom Sandra – March 2018, and his father-in-law Phillip – December 2022.
Joel grew up in Garden City on Woodcrest and loved going to the family cottage at Winnipeg Beach. He worked at Silverman Jewellers and started Executive Jewels with his wife. They travelled across Western Canada setting up their wares but more importantly, enjoyed daily adventures together. Their children both worked with them. And they loved their lives. Family was his greatest passion. Josh chose a different path to take and Joel was so very proud of him. He would talk about him at every opportunity. Adeena was his sidekick, his buddy, his best friend. A huge hole in our hearts is felt by everyone who knew him. Funeral services took place at the Chesed Shel Emes with interment at Shaarey Zedek Cemetery on October 10, 2023. Shiva was private.
Joel was so appreciative of a second chance at life. Unfortunately, it didn’t last as long as we hoped. Until we meet again – beautiful soul.