Abraham Bonder

Funeral Service: Friday, March 01, 2019 at 12:00 PM
Paperman & Sons
Shiva: Friday, March 01, 2019 to
Monday, March 04, 2019

Shiva at Ely and Shelley's home
Shiva Details: Shiva hours: Friday following burial until 4:00 p.m., Sunday and Monday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Evening services at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday and Monday.
Cemetery: Baron De Hirsch Cemetery
Donations: Contributions in Abe’s memory may be made to rememberingabe.org, which supports Israeli charities

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81 Condolences

Wanda - 12 days ago

To the Bonder family: I was very sad to learn about your father’s passing. As a teenager, my friends and I loved visiting Bonder’s Books on Bernard. We would go simply to chat with your dad — about life, politics and sometimes even books! He inspired us with a thirst to know the world beyond our limited horizons and profoundly enriched our lives. His gift lives on in us to this day. Deepest condolences, Wanda

Dr. Denis Caro - 19 days ago

Dear Family of Mr. Bonder, Please accept my sincere condolences on your sad family loss. My late father used to bring me to Bonder’s Bookstore as a young boy many decades ago. My weekly visits to the bookstore were always part of my life while growing up in Outremont and had a marked impact on my future career. Mr. Bonder was a very good, kind and wonderful man with a gentle soul. Always with a ready and reassuring smile and willingness to answer questions, he was truly unforgettable. I will always be grateful to him and will always remember the impact he had on my life! May He Rest in Peace! Dr. Denis Caro

Mr.Laine Frajberg - 20 days ago

To the Bonder Family: I knew Mr.Bonder,though not that well, from the days when he ran the book store (s) on Bernard.He was always polite,kind,and helpful when I needed a book for my courses.Always had a good word for everyone.My late mom,Mrs. Eva Frajberg,knew him better and she used to go the store as much to talk to him as to buy her books.She used to spend hours discussing things with him-and yes buying books too.She always spoke of him with the highest regard-as did everyone else I knew.He was an institution in the neighborhood! On behalf of myself and my family,I offer the entire Bonder family my sympathies on on the loss of this kind and wonderful man.He was a mensch! (Mr.)Laine Frajberg

Gloria Brumer - 20 days ago

Dear Shelly and Eli, We were sorry to hear about Abe Bonder's passing. He was a kind man. I came into his bookstore almost every day on my way home from high school. He let me browse even though he knew I had no money. He even let me buy a book by paying him a little every week. And I never forgot that he let me take the book home before it was paid for. One of Nature's true genlle men. May you know no more sorrow. Gloria and Labe Brumer

Jamie and Elinor Winterhalt - 20 days ago

Dear Ely and Shelly Our sincere condolences on the passing of your beloved father. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

Jane Solomon - 20 days ago

Jane and Ben Solomon on Smart Ave. express our deepest sympathies and sorrow on the loss of your beloved Abraham.

kay and jack wolofsky - 20 days ago

Dear Ely, Our heartfelt condolences on the loss of you Father, and to ALL of your family, our deepest sympathy. "MR. BONDER " ws a one-of-a-kind person in the Jewish community for many years. He was well-liked and admired by all who met him . We are former customers and fans . Kay and Jack Wolofsky, and family.

Noah Dayan Mandelker - 20 days ago

Sorry about your father Baruch dayan emet

Claude R Blouin - 20 days ago

Mes plus sincères condoléances à la famille de Monsieur Bonder. De dix à vingt et un an, Monsiuer Bonder m'a accompagné dans ma découverte de la littérature anglaise. It is so strange how synchronicity can guide you. I am in a process of writing a novel about a character who is influenced by Mister Bonder, to whom I wanted to pay homage. I have not met Mister Bonder for at least twenty years. In the process of checking if the name was Bonder or Bonders (with a possibility that my memory registered a ‘s, here I am today randomly checking for a confirmation, sent on the West island, suddenly omitting the word library for a simple Bonder Outremont: and there, shocked to see that Mister Bonder who introduces me to american and british and yiddish authors just passed away. His photo although of a man older than the figure I had in my mind has not lost a bit oh his goodness as well as sense of aptitude for humour. Although this story might seem of little wigth compared to the grief family and close friends surely feel, I think it points to your father and friend’ influence, to be added to the numerous testimonies that precedes this one. Be assured that Mister Bonder has a place in my life such taht something of his love of books continue to pass through. Again I offer my deepest condolances to members of his family and friends. ========================================

Philip Clement - 21 days ago

What a heart warming collection of testimonials on this page! How many many MANY lives have been touched by this beautiful man, as he (and Sala) have touched and enriched mine! Profoundly grateful, and with all my respect and love. Philip

Riana Levy - 21 days ago

To the entire Bonder family, I am lucky to have known Abe Bonder while he lived at the Vista residence. He was a mensch. I will remember him being a great friend to others and his kind smile!

Sam and Linda Mahler - 21 days ago

Dear Ely, Shelley and the entire Bonder family. Our sincerest sympathies on the loss of a beloved father and grandfather. May you know no further sorrow and keep only wonderful memories of a very special man.

Eileen and Issie Burbela - 21 days ago

Dear Ely, Shelley and Family. Please accept our sincere sympathy on your very sad loss.

Robin Kers - 21 days ago

I too grew up in Outremont and remember with fondness hours browsing and calculating what book my allowance might buy. Mr Bonder never shooed me out, he was very understanding and occasionally offered a discount to match my funds. Rest In Peace Mr Bonder.

Dirk de Pagter - 21 days ago

I grew up in Outremont, a few blocks from Bonders’ on Bernard. I would drop after school sometimes.I remember visiting the store with my mother when she wanted to buy a special birthday present for my brother,the inetellectual. He was twelve at the time. Your father knew his clientele by name, even the kids. When my mother questioned his suggestion of a book by Aldous Huxley; his reply “Hendrik, oh, this is not too advanced for him.” He was right. I remember your father with fondness. He was a kind, gentle man. My sincere condolences.

Irving Rudy - 21 days ago

Abe loved what he was doing, and he loved people. He was a real Mensch! My condolences to the family.

Shloime Perel - 21 days ago

I will never forget Ave, his friendliness and idealism for a socially just world.I first met Abe in the 1950s, in my pre-teen years, in the bookstore. Years later, when I returned to Montreal it was a pleasure to meet him again, first in the bookstore, later in his Friends of Pioneering Israel group. A mensch, always true to his ideals. Thank you, Abe ! Zichrono Livracha — your memory will be blessed !

Esti Mayer - 21 days ago

Please accept my heartfelt condolences. May you find solace in memories of your father’s remarkable life. He was able to emerge from the darkest night that has ever fallen on humanity, a happy man with his love intact. He brought light and joy to his every encounter and to his every deed. May God comfort you among all the mourners of Zion, and may your father now rest in peace.

Pearl Adams - 21 days ago

To the family of the late Abe, Please accept my sincere sympathy on the passing of your dear father . My late husband Robert & I & your parents Often met on Our walks on Monkland Blvd. They came to my husbands lectures Regularly.. they established a wonderful bookstore & contributed so much to our community. I am out of the city & therefore did not Attend your dad’s funeral. So sorry. Pearl

dov okouneff - 22 days ago

Having come in 1977 to work with Friends of Pioneering Israel, I found I found the Bonders always willing to host meetings in their home on Marcil, and to promote the ideals of Socialist-Zionism which are still relevant.

philip mann - 22 days ago

As soon as I saw the picture I knew who it was. I lived a half block away, and do now, in fact. I bought all my TinTin books from him, and my Ray Bradbury collection too. My first political science book, in a way. the Iron Heel, by Jack London. He was a gentle, patient man, and you were fortunate to have him as a father.

Roberta Lauzon - 22 days ago

Please accept my deepest condolences for your families loss. May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you. I am thinking of you all and sending love from my heart.

Beverley and Sam Kay - 22 days ago

Our thoughts are with you at this very sad time

Henry Granek - 22 days ago

Any day Abe was volunteering at the CJC Archives was a day my work there was made more enjoyable--by his pleasant demeanour, his delightful stories, and even by his cute 'salute'--tilting his head oh so slightly forward and to the side with his palm up to his ear. I extend my sincere condolences to his family.

Sheila & Simon J - 22 days ago

Dear Ely, Shelly & Family. Our sincere condolences on the loss of your beloved father. Simon vividly remember him shlepping up the stairs two giant boxes of Everyman's Encyclopedia when he was 10 years old - one of his happiest childhood memories! המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך אבלי ציון וירושלים

Rena & Eddy entus - 22 days ago

Our condolences. Many meories of time spent in the store as a yougster, as an educator and as someone who liked to buy books.

Anat Kafri Scheinman - 22 days ago

My sincere condolences to the Bonder family. Anat

Rosanne Olishansky - 22 days ago

Dear Ely and Shelley and Family Our warmest condolences on the loss of your dear father. Sincerely, Rosanne and Lewis

Mark S. - 22 days ago

My condolences to the entire Bonder family! Though I do not know the family directly I often shop at the Boners book store and I feel like part of my family has passed away..I loved that store and in it I met Mr.Bonder on a few occasions..What a wonderful and knowledgeable man he was,friendly and helpful all the time! A great man and a great loss..May his memory be a source of happiness to the family..R.I.P.

Benjie Carroll - 23 days ago

Dear Ely, Shelley, Arieh and families, Heartfelt condolences on the loss of your father. It was always a joy to see Abe, a loving man, a gentleman in the truest sense Benjie&Johanne

Vita Brody - 23 days ago

Dear Bonder family, our sincerest condolences on the loss of your beloved father and father in law. May his memories sustain you. Vita and Barry Brody

Nancy Gross - 23 days ago

Hi to all the Bonders, my aunt/uncle and cousins, as well as extended Bonder family. My thoughts are with you for the loss of Abe, a kind and thoughtful, considerate and generous man who always had a smile for those around him.

Eva Kuper - 23 days ago

To the Bonder family, My deepest condolences to all of you on the passing of this special man. Eli, I remember how often I saw you with your dad at a lecture or concert or film, even after his hearing was not great. You were a very devoted son and I know that all of you will feel this loss deeply. He leaves a very rich legacy for the Jewish community and you, his loving family are the legacy he treasured most. Eva Kuper

Marion Lautman - 23 days ago

Ely, Shelley and family our sincere condolences on your loss Marion & Claude

Teddy Goloff - 23 days ago

Dear Eli and Shelly, My deepest sympathy for your loss. Bonder's was a valued fixture of literacy and culture in our city for generations thanks to your Dad and Father in Law. May his memory be a blessing to you and your extended families

Goldie Warshawsky - 23 days ago

Dear Bonder family, I last saw Abe a year and a half ago, when I was moving David Zacharin, my brother-in-law, and everyone's dentist, into the Vista ,reuniting them as neighbours again as they where on Bernard. I worked for David for 5 years and would be in the bookstore many times a week. Then as now, some 60 years later, I could not remember the titles of the books I had read. Abe let me start them and if read, I could return them. Always a joy to see him and Sala. My condolences to the family on the loss of a very kind man. Goldie Kaplansky Warshawsky

Tzipie Freedman - 23 days ago

Barbara & Jack Rosenthal - 23 days ago

Dear Ely, Shelly and family, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We know your wonderful memories will be a comfort at this time. Barbara a nd Jack Rosenthal

Dorothy Wiseman Stober - 23 days ago

Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your Dad. Hopefully being with family and friends during this time will help heal the pain. Dorothy Stober

Alan Zavalkoff - 23 days ago

I'm so sorry to hear about Mr Bonder's passing. I remember his kindness and patience when I visited him in Bonder's book Store in Outremont. He was truly a kind person. Alan Zavalkoff

Saralea Altman - 23 days ago

As many others on this page, I was an immediate friend and trusting disciple of Mr Bonder who guided my reading habits from a young age. He taught me so much and made me a critical thinker for life. I think of him each time I go to the library, would Mr Bonder advise me on this one? My deepest condolences.

Mona and David Frank - 23 days ago

Elly, Shelley and family, We were saddened to hear about your father. May all the memories from ealrlier times help you through the difficult days ahead. Our deepest sympathies..

Cheryl Baron - 23 days ago

Ely, Shelley & family, Our sincerest sympathies on the loss of your beloved father. May your family be spared further sorrow. Cheryl & Jeff

Yvonne Frankel Margouillat - 23 days ago

Dear Family Bonder I am one of those youngsters who at 10 used my gift money during the year, bought books. I was kindly advised by Mr. Bonder what kind of book I am interested in. After some discussion, he said biographies are interesting because it gives knowledge of a famous person & what they have contributed. Till today this is my favorite category. I still have those books - Signature series - Helen Keller, Christopher Columbus, Clara Barton... Over the years I did stop in to the shop & buy books for my son's. 4 years ago I moved to Jerusalem, I took the books with me so my grandchildren can enjoy them Mr. Bonder was a smiling & soft spoken gentleman, enjoyed being an owner of a bookshop. May your memories comfort you during this difficult time.

Bernice Lydynia Mendelsohn - 24 days ago

Dear Ely, Aryeh and families , our heartfelt condolences to all of you on the loss of your dad. My father and I were so happy to see and speak with you and your father at the Segal theatre when you were performing there a few months ago. It brought back lovely memories of both your parents and Bonder’s bookstore. We wish you long life and no more sorrow. Bernice Lydynia Mendelsohn

Debbie Miller - 24 days ago

Dear Shelley ,Ely and family, Our sympathies for your father's passing. We hope that memories shared with your family will give you comfort at this difficult time. Debbie and Philip

Lois Lieff - 24 days ago

Dear Ely and Shelley, Thinking of you with deepest sympathy and hoping that special memories of your beloved father will be a source of solace at this sad time. May his memory ever be a blessing - y'hi zichro baruch. Snookie

Paula and Gary Mittleman - 24 days ago

Ely, Shelley and family, our deepest sympathies on the loss of your father. May his memory be a blessing.

Evelyn (Grunberger) Amar - 24 days ago

David and Maureen Muhlstock - 24 days ago

My deepest condolences to the entire family. I loved your father (grandfather). I first met him in my first year of Outremont High. I would see him and your mother (grandmother) off and on through the years. When I moved back to Montreal, I lived around the corner of the bookstore. Later, when they sold the bookstore, I would bump into “Mr. Bonder” in NDG. Every time we met it was like a celebration. Both of us were so happy to meet again. He was a uniquely lovable man - a beautiful neshuma. He enriched my life . I will never forget him.

Gail & Jack Goldstein - 24 days ago

Our deepest condolences to the family on the passing of Abe. may his memory be a blessing.

Judy & Jack Shaicovitch - 24 days ago

Dear Shelley & Elly, Just a brief note to let you know that we’re thinking of you. Our most sincere condolences , both to you, and to your family. Sending a hug your way, Judy & Jack

Debra Merowitz - 24 days ago

One of my first memories is my father bringing me to Mr. Bonder's bookstore around the corner from my house so my dad Joe could chat the time away while my mother shopped in the grocery store .I still remember the books in the shelves piled so high and the smell. I hope that your warm memories and those of others bring you comfort during this time of mourning.

Janice Rosen, Canadian Jewish Archives - 24 days ago

I have vivid and warm recollections of Abe Bonder, who was a volunteer at the then-Canadian Jewish Congress Archives for many years. He has left his mark on the the numerous collections he handled here with his characteristic intellectual enthusiasm and attention to detail. It was always such a pleasure to spend time with him; I recall his gripping stories about his experiences as a soldier in Europe and as a pioneer in Israel, and I remember his devotion to his late wife Sala and his pride in the accomplishments of his children. I am so sorry for your loss.

Sandy & eli kogut - 24 days ago

Good memories of ?Mr. Bonders support during our time with the Yiddish theatre! Of course, bonder books was a staple in our community. Cherish your memories!

Judy Zavalkoff Sternthal - 24 days ago

I always enjoyed going to Bonders Book Store on Bernard. He always made me feel so welcome Please accept my deepest sympathies. Judy Zavalkoff Sternthal

Shoshanah Elias - 24 days ago

DearArieh and Georgia, Alexandra, and Ariana, On behalf of Annie, Joey and me, please accept our deepest sympathies on the loss of your beloved father, father-in-law, and grandfather. Our thoughts are with you. Shoshanah, Annie and Joey.

Adele Zavalkoff - 24 days ago

Mr. Bonder was a lovely, warm man. We always enjoyed the bookstore on Bernard. A privilege to have know him. Our sympathy to all. Adele Zavalkoff Balinsky. David Balinsky.

Harriet Greener - 24 days ago

Karen and Gary Waxman - 24 days ago

Our sincere condolences to you and your families. Karen and Gary

Robin & Jacob - 24 days ago

To the Bonder family, We send our deepest condolences to all of you on the loss of your beloved father/grandfather. May his memory bring you peace at this difficult time.

Sharon and Stanley Asher - 24 days ago

Dear Eli, Shelly and all the family, Our deepest sympathy on the passing of your dear father Abe, a wonderful and very kind man. We have known him for years - and your dear mother Sala- may they both be blessed eternally. Amen. We wish you comfort and inner peace. With Love, Sharon and Stanley Asher

Mark and Edna Mendelson - 24 days ago

Dear Ely, Shelley and Family Our deepest condolences on the death of a man who was beloved by the Jewish Community as one of the most important purveyors if Yiddish and other literature and a deadly beloved father and Zaidie. Who among us as a child, did not go to Bonder’s To buy our folk Schule books and others as well. A sad time for you all but May you be comforted by the wonderful legacy your Dad z’l left in Montreal and by treasured memories you all have of him. May his memory be a blessing- Yehee zichroh baruch.

Heidi & Howard Cohen - 24 days ago

Dear Shelley & Ely, Although we never met your father/father-in-law, we know how difficult it is to lose a parent. We hope your wonderful memories can be a comfort to you at his time and we are thinking of you. Heidi & Howard

Anna and Aron Gonshor - 24 days ago

To the Bomder family, Our heartfelt condolences at this time of loss. He was an institution and wil be remembered fondly by very many people. May his memor be a blessing. Anna and Aron

Judy Retik - 24 days ago

Dear Shelley, Ely & family, We are so saddened to hear the loss of your father, grandfather & great grandfather. Our deepest sympathy & condolences to you & your entire family. Judy & Sidney Retik

Ana and Stanley Frackt - 24 days ago

Our condolences to the entire family on the passing of your dear father. May your memories of him bring you comfort at this difficult time.

Bunny Berke - 24 days ago

Dear Bonder family, Sincere condolences on your loss. Bunny Berke

Roz Agulnik - 24 days ago

Dear Ely, Shelley, and family - Sincerest condolences from your old neighbor on your loss. May all of your wonderful memories help you through this difficult time.

Frida Ansel - 24 days ago

Dear Mike,, Alana and to the entire Bonder Family I am so sorry to read about the loss of your beloved grandfather and great grandfather. I hope that you are left with wonderful memories of him

Carole Prussin Blank - 24 days ago

Dear Bonder Family, My heart and thoughts go out to you at this sad and difficult time. My deepest sympathy, Carole Prussin Blank

Sonja Rotenberg Langburt - 24 days ago

My sincerest sympathies on the passing of Mr Bonder. My fondest memories are exploring the book store for that special book.. Mr. Bonder always found just the right book zi needed for a project or one that he knew I would enjoy reading. Although I attended Baron Bynger I always found that special book with his kind help at Bonders.

Brenda & Steve Rodier - 24 days ago

Dear Ely & Shelley & families, Steve and I were truly saddened to read of 'Mr Bonder's' passing. We frequented Bonder's Book Store, on Bernard, often during our high school years at Outremont High. He was always patient, helpful, kind, and so knowledgeable. As life works in mysterious ways, many years later, we would become 'family friends' with you, Ely & Shelley, and as a result had some wonderful opportunities to reconnect with your Dad. He was a very special man who touched so many. May his memory always be a blessing.

Ken & Ann Klein - 24 days ago

Abe was kind and welcoming and nice to be around. Our condolences to Arieh, Eli and their families.

Esther Klein - 25 days ago

Abe Bonder was the "salt of the earth." Because he lived the world is a better place. His memory is a blessing. May God comfort the bereaved.

Judy & Lyon Rich - 25 days ago

Dear Shelley, Ely and family, Please accept our condolences on the passing of your father. Treasure the beautiful memories of a life well lived .

Louise and Howard - 25 days ago

Abe was such a lovely man, and graced my childhood with warm memories both at Marcil Avenue, the cottage, and of course, the bookstore, from which I still have treasured books. I am so glad that he got to meet my husband Howard, who became a great fan of his. In Howard's words, "I always liked Abe. In 2014 he kindly gave me a book about Kruschev's visit to the US in 1959. I have kept this book and will always treasure it. Abe was a wonderful fellow." We love you Abe!

Eileen and David goldsmith - 25 days ago

To Ely, Shelley, and extended family, so sorry to read this news. Please accept our sincere sympathy on your loss, hold close to your hearts all sweet memories. Eileen and David

Raizel Candib - 25 days ago

Dear Ely and family, My sincerest condolences on the passing of your father. He and the stone were a Montreal institution. May you find comfort in his wonderful reputation. Raizel Candib

Lili Nusbaum Yesovitch - 25 days ago

Bonders was the first bookstore I ever visited. When I was a young girl my mom would let me visit the Bernard store by myself and Mr. Bonder was so patient . No matter how many questions I asked he always answered with a smile. He was one in a million!

nancy halpert - 25 days ago

What good times my late husband Oscar, my children Marlene and Jonathan had at Weisbord with Abe & sala.We were also good patrons of the bookstore. wishing the family sincere coondolences, NANCY