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DR. ALAN (ARI) HARVEY LIPSON (published on July 04, 2009)

DR. ALAN (ARI) HARVEY LIPSON Surrounded by his loving family, Dr. Alan (Ari) Harvey Lipson passed away suddenly on Thursday, June 25, 2009, two days before his 52nd birthday. Ari has left a strong legacy built through love and dedication. This legacy can be seen in all he touched, especially his family, who hold strong and wonderful memories. He is survived by his wife, Avis Raber, and his four sons, Mark, Daniel, Jonathan, and Benjamin Lipson. He was predeceased by his father Phillip. His memory also lives on with his mother, Gertie Lipson, and his sister Sherrie Lipson. Ari is also survived and missed by his in-laws, Monte and Myrna Raber, and his brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, and many close cousins. Ari was a loving and devoted husband and father, a wonderful son and brother, and a caring son-in-law, uncle, and brother-in-law. Alan was born June 27, 1957 and grew up in Winnipeg. After graduating from Joseph Wolinsky Collegiate, Alan continued his education at the University of Manitoba, graduating from the Faculty of Medicine in 1981. Alan practiced internal medicine, with a special interest in cardiology, first at the Mall Medical Clinic and then at the Winnipeg Clinic. He worked in intensive care units across the city at St. Boniface Hospital, Misericordia Hospital, the Grace Hospital, and Victoria General Hospital. Alan also held administrative roles throughout his career, as Medical Director at the Misericordia Hospital, and recently the Program Manager of the Internal Medicine Department and Intensive Care unit at the Victoria General Hospital, as well as Medical Director at the Reh-Fit Centre. Alan was respected by colleagues and patients alike. For Alan, being a doctor was not a job, or a vocation, it was his love and passion as much as his family. Ari loved to spend time with his wife and boys, sitting around the kitchen table, enjoying live music, relaxing at the lake, playing golf, and watching his boys at all their sports and activities. Ari was a talented musician, who played guitar by ear. He was also an athlete, who loved to play hockey, ski, and in the last few years learned to snowboard as well. The family thanks their wonderful relatives, especially those that came in from out of town, and dear friends, all the love and support has been overwhelming. The family would especially like to thank those who were with them at the Grace Hospital. Words cannot describe what this meant to them. To honour the memory of Alan, his wife Avis Raber, and his sons, Mark, Daniel, Jonathan, and Benjamin Lipson have created the Dr. Alan H. Lipson Memorial Award in Medicine, to be awarded each year by the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Medicine to an undergraduate medical student. In lieu of flowers or cards, please direct donations to the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba (477-7525), who will be working in partnership with the University of Manitoba to establish and maintain this award.

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