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LARRY HURTIG (published on October 16, 2010)



LARRY HURTIG With great sadness, the family of Larry Hurtig announces his passing on Wednesday, October 6, 2010. Larry leaves to mourn his devoted wife of 47 years, Roberta, his three loving children Bradley, Jack (Lori) and Renee (Ari), three adoring grandchildren Noah, Bailey and Sarah, and his caring sister Doreen. Also mourning the loss of Larry are his sister-in-law and brother-in-law Nancy and Barry Corey, nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncle and many precious friends. Larry was born in Winnipeg in 1937, lived briefly in Pleasantdale, Saskatchewan and then moved to and grew up in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He had a large extended family there and many close friends with whom he remained close to his entire life. The memories and friendships from his days in Thunder Bay were always a source of pride and pleasure for Larry. Larry lived life to the fullest. He was a true example of how to make every day count and how to leave a mark in this world that will last long after us. Despite being faced with numerous health challenges beginning at a young age, Larry persevered, always a fighter, always a champion. Larry was a devoted son, husband, father, grandfather and brother and an extremely loyal friend, Always a good listener, a source of good advice, a supporter of our endeavours, always calm, gentle and incredibly patient. His family was and will continue to be extremely proud of the man Larry was and of the legacy that he leaves behind. Larry earned his CA designation at the University of Manitoba and worked as an accountant for many years. In 1986, together with a partner, he co-founded Chartered Financial Services and later with a third partner, ASH Management Group, both successful and thriving businesses. Larry loved his work and always conducted himself in an honest and ethical manner throughout his career and was a mentor and role model to many. It was also a great pleasure of Larry's to have his son Jack working alongside him at ASH Management Group. After his family and his work, Larry's third passion in life was community service. A true pillar in the Winnipeg community, he firmly believed in and epitomized the phrase coined by Winston Churchill that You make a living from what you get but you make a life from what you give. His volunteer commitments were numerous and constant throughout his life. Some of the highlights of these were, being past-president of the Estate Planning Council of Winnipeg, founding member and past president of Shalom Residences (homes for individuals with intellectual disabilities), past-president and founder of the Shalom Residence's Foundation, past-president of Versatech Industries (meaningful workshops for individuals with intellectual disabilities) and past-president of Versatech Charitable Foundation, board member of Jewish Child and Family Services, board member of the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba, past-president of the Jewish Federation of Manitoba, integral contributor to the initiative to bring Argentinean families to Winnipeg, past-president of the Asper Jewish Community Campus, co-chair of the successful Asper Jewish Community Centre's Building on Success Capital Campaign , a volunteer with the Post Polio Network of Manitoba, member of the organizing committee for the Jews in Thunder Bay - a permanent exhibit of the Jewish Heritage Centre and contributor to the establishment of the Endowment Fund for Thunder Bay Jewry at the Jewish Federation of Manitoba, a member of the fundraising committee for CancerCare Manitoba's prostate cancer dinners, and proud advisory committee member of the Canadian Centre for Disability Studies. As a result of these endeavours, Larry was the recipient of many awards over the years including the Sol Kanee Distinguished Community Services Medal, was a Fellow of Chartered Accountants, a recipient of the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal, UIA Federation's Chai Award, Community Services Award from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Manitoba and a recent honouree at the JNF Negev Gala in Winnipeg. If you had the good fortune of knowing Larry then you were likely a better person because of it. A role model, mentor, leader, humanitarian, friend and a true mensch...an inspiration to us all. The void left behind is huge but the mark that he left is even greater. Larry's funeral was held in Winnipeg on Friday, October 8, 2010. Pallbearers were Ari Zaionz, Matan Gamliel, Jeff Hurtig, Gerry Arron, Max Reich, Mickey Rosenberg, Bill Silverberg, and Mauricio Zylberman. Honorary pallbearers were Harvey Cogan, Harold Diamond, Barry Corey and Marshall Wilder. Donations in Larry's memory may be made to the Larry Hurtig Campus Endowment Fund at the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba (477-7525) or to a charity of your choice. The clock of life is wound but once And no man has the power To tell just when the hand will stop On what day-or what hour. Now is the only time you have So live it with a will. Don't wait until tomorrow. The hands may then be still.


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