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AVRITH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-11 published
AVRITH, Ernest
Our hearts are broken by the loss of our father, grandfather and husband, Ernest AVRITH who died peacefully, surrounded by his family at home on Tuesday, January 8, 2008. Beloved husband of Marilyn SILVERMAN for 59 years. Loving and devoted father and father-in-law of Gale AVRITH and Nadim WAKEAM, Douglas and Pilar AVRITH, Heather AVRITH and William ROSENBERG. Cherished grandfather of Elliot, Kira and Alex WAKEAM; Natasha AVRITH and Eric TOMAN, Samuel, Nita, Harry and Leticia AVRITH; Arlene and David ROSENBERG. Loving great-grandfather of Alexa and Sean TOMAN.
He is remembered as the President of Yellow Shoes which pioneered the idea of low cost self-serve retail stores. He grew the company from 10 stores to one of the largest shoe chains in Quebec. His brilliance as a stylist and his creative genius at retailing helped Yellow become one of the most successful shoe chains in the country and he was known as a leader in the shoe industry. Yellow was so much a part of Quebec culture that one of the three major characters in the play "Broue", a satirical look at working class life in Quebec, was a Yellow store manager.
In the latter part of his life his major challenge was his health and he met it with the same optimism, courage and spirit that he poured into his business.
He was a major benefactor of the Marilyn and Ernest Avrith Liver Transplant Clinic at the Royal Victoria Hospital and the Beth Jacob Teacher's College, Montreal.
Funeral service from Paperman and Sons, 3888 Jean Talon St. W. on Friday, January 11 at 11: 00 a.m. Burial at Congregation Shaar Hashomayim Cemetery, Mt. Royal Blvd. Shiva at 4350 Sherbrooke St. W. #610, Westmount, Quebec, evening services at 7: 30 p.m. Contributions in his memory may be made to the "Marilyn and Ernest Avrith Liver Transplant Clinic" c/o the Royal Victoria Hospital Foundation, (514) 843-1543.

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AVRITH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-28 published
OLFMAN, Mitchell
In Montreal, on Tuesday, February 26, 2008. Beloved husband of Bess (LEVE) for fifty-five years. Devoted father and father-in-law of Lisa OLFMAN and David WOLFE of Toronto, Sharna OLFMAN and Daniel BURSTON. Cherished Zaida of Michael and Rachel WOLFE, Adam and Gavriela BURSTON. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Bertha and the late Harry AVRITH, Ruth and the late Jack OLFMAN and predeceased by Joe and May, Hy and Sarah, Abe and Helen, Maurice and Ann, and Shia OLFMAN. Brother-in-law of the late Esther and the late Sam STERN and the late Hymie LEVE. Mitchell will be sadly missed by his nieces, nephews, relatives and Friends. Special thanks to Doctor Peter Kavan, Doctor Peter Metrakos and his Purple Team as well as the nursing staff of the Royal Victoria Hospital. Funeral service from Paperman and Sons, Montreal 3888 Jean Talon W. on Friday, February 29 at 10 a.m. Burial at the Dorshei Emet Congregation Section, Eternal Gardens Cemetery, Beaconsfield. Shiva private from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. ending Monday evening March 3. Donations in his memory may be made to the Oncology Department c/o Jewish General Hospital Foundation, (514) 340-8251 or to Canadian Magen David Adom for Israel, (514) 731-4400.

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