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HAROLD RICHMAN (published on October 30, 2010)



HAROLD RICHMAN Harold Richman was born on June 23, 1924 in Winnipeg to loving parents Eva and Morris Richman. He was the youngest of three children. His oldest brother Alfred, predeceased him in 1989. He is survived by his sister Evelyn, his wife Laura, his daughters Joy, Sally and Rebecca, their husbands and four grandchildren. Harold attended school in Winnipeg and studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Manitoba (class of 1947). He was the only one of his family fortunate enough to complete a university education. After University he met his future bride, Laura Newhouse. They were married on September 8, 1953 and settled in Garden City where they built their close network of life-long friends. Harold owned a successful manufacturing business, JR Wire and Metal Specialty, and ran it for 45 years. The business is known for its high quality workmanship and ability to respond to customer needs. The success of JR Wire is due in part to the talented and loyal employees. Harold enjoyed his career so much that he never retired. The words that best describe Harold are Golden Hands . One reason this description fits so well is that he was generous. He made it a priority to support the education of his family and extended family. Harold made major contributions to the Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre, the Asper Jewish Community Centre, the National Council of Jewish Women, The Jewish Foundation of Manitoba, the United Way and many Winnipeg cultural institutions. Golden hands also means gifted. Harold excelled in a multitude of pastimes, from biology to photography. He was an accomplished writer and published dozens of articles in the Manitoba Naturalist and the Manitoba Society of Seniors. His articles were not only informative but also a joy to read because they were imbued with his wry sense of humour. His other main passion was botany. Harold successfully propagated some of the most challenging, exotic plants. Just this year he planted a passion fruit vine whose flowers he continued to enjoy during this exceptionally warm Winnipeg autumn. What was particularly impressive was how he made other people's interests his own, including his wife's passion for quilting and his daughter Joy's love of scientific research. Harold left a lasting impact on his children and grandchildren, inspiring them to be intellectually curious and to embrace life-long learning. The words Golden hands also apply to Harold's inventiveness and ingenuity. He created numerous sculptures, puzzles and pieces of art. He is most famous for the moving sculpture affectionately known as the ball machine that captivated all who watched it. As a result of these creations, Harold holds a special place in the memories of even the youngest children. Harold's philosophy of life was that logic and reason could resolve every argument and that if one understood the foundations, one could learn to do anything. He also believed that you should be sensitive to the needs of others and if help was needed, it should be given without question. Of everyone he touched, the person that will miss Harold the most will be Laura. They had an exceptional 57-year marriage, based on a foundation of profound love, mutual respect and partnership. Laura worked by his side at JR Wire, and they shared a love of bridge, golf, tennis, theatre and travel. He derived tremendous pride and pleasure from his wife's accomplishments. Harold had a rich and long life, but to all who knew him, it seemed too short. He was still in his prime and enjoyed an active lifestyle up until very recently. Harold was especially appreciative of the advice and support he received during his illness from Dr. Tsiporah Shore. Despite excellent medical care from Dr. Rajat Kumar, and Ms. Ximena Decare, he sadly passed away at home with his family at his side, on October 21st, 2010. Donations in his memory can be made to Cancer Care Manitoba or the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba - Harold and Laura Richman Fund.


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