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BERNARD RABER (published on September 26, 2009)

BERNARD RABER It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Bernard Raber on Friday, September 18, 2009, at the age of 88. Bernard was born in Selescht, Poland, on March 9, 1921. Despite enduring tremendous hardships, including the early death of his father and the loss of his beloved mother, sister, and brother in the Holocaust, Bernard emerged from the war years with the determination to build a new life through education and hard work. Bernard emigrated to Canada in 1947, where he met the love of his life, Freda Schiller. Married on November 7, 1948, together they built a new life in Winnipeg, raising a family and building a business, Raber Electric Ltd. Bernard was proud of the many electricians trained by his company over 30 years and his contributions to the construction industry in Winnipeg and across the province. After retiring, Bernard enjoyed travelling to visit family, winters in Florida, golf at Glendale or in Pembroke Pines, and regaling family and friends with stories of his childhood and youth. Bernard was a lifelong learner, reader, master of history and language, and staunch supporter of Israel. Bernard has died but he has not left us. He is here with us, in each of his children, grandchildren, and his great-grandchild. He is survived by his beloved wife of over 60 years, Freda; his children, Marilyn and Robert Burke, Lorraine and Mark Stillman, Steven and Leigh Raber; his grandchildren, Jessica and Daniel Browman, Shaun Burke, Jay Burke, Pamela Stillman, Sheri and Chad Finkelstein, Benjamin Raber, Dan Raber, Richard Raber, Rachel Cooper, and Alexandra Cooper; and his great- granddaughter Layla Browman. He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Leon and Fay Raber, as well as his nieces and nephews and their families. He was predeceased by his brother, Chaim Katz, in Winnipeg in 1999. Funeral services were held on Monday, September, 21, 2009, at the Congregation Shaarey Zedek. Bernard's grandchildren, joined by Samuel Alter Katz and Geoffrey Katz, proudly served as his pallbearers. The family gratefully acknowledges the thoughtful and compassionate care provided by Dr. Ted St. Godard and staff at the Riverview Health Centre. If so desired, donations may be made to the Bernard and Freda Raber Fund at the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba, Suite C400-123 Doncaster Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3N 2B2, (204) 477-7525, or to a charity of your choice.


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