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AVRON SIDNEY KATZ (published on April 10, 2010)

AVRON SIDNEY KATZ Av Katz, son of Alexander and Pearl Katz (Berg) and brother of Muriel Rothschild (Herb), died peacefully at Victoria General Hospital on April 1, 2010, weeks shy of his 85th birthday. He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Faye (Wolfman), children Alex (Gail), Syva-Lee Wildenmann (Neil), and Joel (Wendy Chusid), and grandchildren Jordan and Rory Katz, Kfir Wasserman (Shannon) and Maya Eitan (Lior), Sophia and Estee Katz, and Ben, Dan and Richard Raber. His funeral took place on April 2, 2010 at Congregation Etz Chayim, with interment at Rosh Pina Cemetery. Pallbearers were Neil Wildenmann, Kfir Wasserman, Jordan Katz, Rory Katz, Richard Raber, and Phillip Corrin. Dad was born (on April 18, 1925) and raised in Dauphin, MB. He left Dauphin for Winnipeg, with his mother, after his father's untimely death in 1947. Soon after that he spotted Faye Wolfman across the room at a wedding and, having decided that this was the woman he was going to marry, insisted he be introduced. His determination and persistence paid off when he married Faye in 1949. They spent a lifetime together, celebrating 60 years in October. Dad loved to tend his plants, making everything thrive. For Dad, though, family and friends were the centre of his life. He tended the garden of his family, knowing when to step in, and when to just sit back and enjoy the blooms. He took enormous pride and satisfaction from his children's lives, was our advocate and protector, and provided the example of a strong moral and ethical core. He was a loving, devoted Zayda, uncle and friend. Dad had many careers in his lifetime, with more than his share of ups and downs. Through it all he struggled hard to give his family the life he wanted for them, without complaint. Dad was also active in the community, giving generously of time and effort to the Liberal Party, B'Nai Brith, the PTA, and the Rosh Pina Synagogue. After retiring at 70 Dad spent another decade volunteering with the Winnipeg Police Service. When Mom took sick a few years ago, Dad reversed his traditional husband role, becoming caregiver despite his own ill health. The last year was a difficult one for Dad, but he ended it peacefully, leaving behind a legacy of love and friendship that will continue for generations to come. Good-Bye, Dad. Donations to the charity of your choice are welcome.

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