Joel Yanofsky

Funeral Service: Sunday, December 27, 2020
Private Graveside
Shiva: Strictly Private Shiva. Thank you for respecting the family's wishes.
Donations:
“The Joel Yanofsky Library and Resource Center” c/o the Friendship Circle of Montreal, (514) 735-2255. 

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Sheryl Halpern - 12 days ago

Joel was special, even in "the old days", when he was writing articles for the CJN. May his family have no more sorrow, and only good memories.

joyce shaffer - 16 days ago

Dear Cynthia, Jonah, Carole, Sym, Genie and the Davis & Yanofsky families My deepest sympathies on your devastating loss. I wish you strength & courage throughout these terribly dark days. Joel left such a brilliant legacy - I hope all your cherished memories of him will bring you comfort. My thoughts are with you. Most sincerely Joyce

GINA FOGEL - 17 days ago

Cynthia and Jonah, Norman and I want to express our deepest condolences on the loss of your husband and dad. May the wonderful memories you have of him sustain you in the coming weeks, months and forever. Gina and Norman Fogel

Susan Pinker - 18 days ago

I am devastated to hear this sad news, a week late, it seems. Joel was one-in-a-million: kind, intelligent, funny, and blessed with a gentle wit that was never cutting. He was a terrific writer, and a generous friend and colleague. The world is a smaller place now, with fewer possibilities, without Joel. My profound sympathies to Cynthia and Jonah. Susan

Deborah Schoen - 18 days ago

I was so sad to read this news. What a loss to Montrealers. I was in Joel's class on magazine writing sometime in the 1990s (McGill Cont. Ed). I learned so much more than just the techniques of writing a sellable article, especially about conducting interviews. He showed us that it was really about listening, and then recognizing what was interesting, beautiful, or surprising in what the person was saying. My condolences to Joel's family and friends.

Dan Saragosti - 19 days ago

My deepest condolences to the Yanofsky family. Joel was an excellent writing teacher and an even better person.

Rhea Tregebov - 19 days ago

I knew Joel in the 90s and aughts and every visit with him deepened my appreciation of his spirit and soul, his sense of humour, wisdom, and kindness. This is such a loss. Deepest condolences to you all. Rhea

Janet Sargisson - 19 days ago

Dear Cynthia and Jonah, I am so sorry for your loss; I met Joel only once briefly, but could see that he was such a loving Dad and husband. I hope you can find peace and solace in the beautiful memories of your lives together as well as the strength to go on. With deep sympathy, Janet.

SHEINDL ROTHMAN - 20 days ago

Dear Cynthia, Jonah, and the extended family, Our very deepest sympathies to the whole family. Joel was a really special guy- warm, funny, smart, talented, and kind. I always enjoyed running into him (now Joel would say, Why didn’t you look where you were going? May you find comfort in the memories you share and may you be spared further sorrow. Sheindl, Jack, Reveena

Rose Rose - 21 days ago

Joel (Joey) was my next door neighbour from the time he moved to Chomedey until he moved.My daughters and I have very fond memories of him,and swimming in their pool.Always with a smile,and so gentle.He spent a lot of time on his typewriter,and succeeded in becoming a well known writer.He will always be remembered,and may he rest in peace.

Evelyn Schmetterer - 21 days ago

To the Davis and Yampolsky family. My sincere sympathy on the loss of your dear family member. May he Rest In Peace. Evelynschmetterer Mitchell Kotansky’s mom

Carrie Gross Charney - 21 days ago

Dear Cynthia ,Jonah & family, It was so sad to hear about the heartbreaking loss of Joel. I have such positive memories of the time you presented together to the Integration Aides of the Lester B Pearson School Board.Joel was so authentic ,brutally honest & funny & you so sensitive, supportive & sincere.What a team & how much you sharing your journey & story as parents, really had such a impact on so many educators . You & Jonah are in my thoughts & prayers. Carrie Gross Charney

Jennifer Towell and Mark Poddubiuk - 21 days ago

Dear Jonah, Our sincerest condolences on the loss of a beloved partner, father and person. May friendships, family and fond memories soften this terrible blow. Your old neighbours, Mark, Jennifer and family

Patty Giannone - 21 days ago

I am shocked and heartbroken to hear of Joel's passing. I met Joel many years ago when life steered me, unexpectedly, into Montreal's literary community. He was a kind, gentle, warm-hearted soul. One of the kindest I've ever met. Intelligent and witty, and always a pleasure to talk to. In my early 20s, I was ill-prepared and very much intimidated by all the great minds at the dinner parties, readings, and book launches I was suddenly a part of. Shy, introverted, and petrified most of the time, I was grateful for Joel, whose kindness was a beacon for me at these events. He always made me feel more at ease. He was genuine and down to earth. I always scanned the room for Joel. I would imagine many people did. He made the world a better place and it is diminished without him. My sincere condolences to the whole family, Patty

Joy Berkson - 21 days ago

Dear Cynthia and Jonah and Family, Joel was kind, gentle, so fiercely talented, and he loved his family more than anything. My heart breaks for you on this great loss. May you find some comfort in the beautiful memories and his legacy. He will be missed by so many.

Joanie & Allan Reichson - 21 days ago

Cynthia, Jonah, Davis & Yanofsky Family, Extending our condolences to all on your tremendous personal loss. Wishing you strength and comfort in your memories of Joel.

David Homel - 22 days ago

Joel and I were colleagues and competitors in writing and basketball, and I learned much from him, mostly how to sound like myself on the page. Our world is poorer without him, and he will stay with us. My sympathies to his family.

Fran and Tobie - 22 days ago

Dear Sym and Tareneh and family Our sincerest condolences on the loss of Joel z’l Baruch Dayan ha Emet Fran and Tobie

Jim Boothroyd and Vicky Ross - 22 days ago

Dear Cynthia and Jonah, our deepest sympathies. We were very fond of Joel, and are so saddened by the news of his passing. We were touched by his humanity, wit and generosity, and are thinking of you both.

Amanda Power - 22 days ago

Dear Cynthia, I'm sending my sincere condolences to you and your family. Keeping you in my thoughts.

Chris Neal - 22 days ago

Joel was a friendly, clever, creative and sardonic presence, a mensch with a sharp wit, and I feel grateful to have been among those lucky enough to have known him. He brought many together, through writing and poker and much besides. My deepest sympathies and condolences to Cynthia and Jonah.

Jan & Claire - 22 days ago

We are sorrowed by this news. Words fail us. We are thinking of you all, sending our heartfelt condolences and love. Sharing your grief, Jan & Claire in Montreal  

Shelagh Smith - 22 days ago

My heart goes out to you, Cynthia.

Linda Hartt - 22 days ago

Dear Carole, My most sincere condolences to you and your family at this very sad time. He was a well loved reviewer at our Tuesday book club and we’ll miss him. I hope you find comfort in your fond memories.

Ruth Boomer - 22 days ago

I'm so sorry Cynthia and Jonah. It's such a shock. I knew him for such a short time but he always seemed so vibrant, fun, and caring. This is a big loss.

Ian McGillis - 22 days ago

Joel was one of the most generous people I've ever met. A true inspiration as a writer and journalist, and a great guy to know. Even in the times when we were relatively out of touch, it was always good to know Joel was out there. His warmth permeated Montreal, especially the literary community; it's going to feel very different around here without him. My condolences to Cynthia and Jonah.

Norma Mitchell Cooper - 22 days ago

Dear Cynthia and Jonah, we were saddened by the loss of our cousin Joel. We have many fond memories from when we were kids living on Van Horne in the same apartment building as Joel and his family. We want to share our deepest condolences to you and your family, Anita & Stan, Jimmy &Denyse and Norma & Marvin.

Leslie Myers and Frank Rackow - 23 days ago

Thinking of you and Jonah. I (Leslie) and trust you are well-supported. I was at the reading of the play Joel and your cousin did a few years ago at the Dora Wasserman Theatre. It was so good and we have also appreciated Joel's books over the years. A big loss for your family and for the community.

Stephen Legari - 23 days ago

Dear Cynthia and Jonah, I want to share my deepest condolences to you both and to the entire Yanofsky family.

Brahms and Vivian Silver - 23 days ago

I never had the occasion to meet Joel in person, but I knew him well through the illustrious comments made about him by my wife, Vivian. A man of letters...a compassionate man, whose contribution made a significant difference for an untold number of people. May the good he performed throughout his lifetime be his cherished legacy to a world desperately in need of repair. May he long be remembered and may his memory ever be for blessing.

Sharon McCarry - 23 days ago

My sincere condolences on the loss of your husband and father. A talented man who has left an incredible legacy.

Marcia Kovitz - 23 days ago

Dear Cynthia and Joel, My condolences on the loss of your husband and father. May his deep love for you and for each other, as well your good memories be a comfort at this difficult time. Hugs, Marcia Kovitz

Hal Newman - 23 days ago

Dear Cynthia, Jonah and the Davis and Yanofsky families, My heart breaks with yours on the loss of Joel. I will treasure my memories of our pizza lunch at Steve's in Stanstead. Joel was such a kind soul with a great big heart. And a wondrous writer who captured my imagination and emotions with his words. Hugs from here.

Freda Lewkowicz & Peter Fogg - 23 days ago

Our deepest sympathies to the Yanofsky family. May Joel's memory be a blessing.

Shira Gilbert - 23 days ago

I am so very saddened and shocked to hear about Joel's passing. Every interaction I had with him was warm and delightful. Every article or book that I had read by him was moving, funny, relatable, and heartwarming. My deepest condolences to Cynthia, Jonah and all who loved him.

Shari Rose Dressler - 23 days ago

My deepest condolences to Cynthia, Jonah and family. Joel was my neighbor in Chomedey. . I have tne fondest memories of growing up next door. I was fortunate to havdd Ed him as a babysitter. Joey as I knew was a great brother. Son. I’m sure he was a great dad and husband. I was saddened to hear about him passing away . It was a huge loss for your family, the literary world a friends , and students who were were blessed to have him as a teacher.

Angie and Gerry Fostaty - 23 days ago

Dear Cynthia and Jonah, We were saddened to hear of Joel’s passing. Our deepest sympathy. We were lucky to have had the honour to know him.

Rachel Alkallay - 23 days ago

Dear Cynthia and Joel and the Family, I am so, so saddened to hear of Joel's untimely passing. Unbelievable that he has been taken from us at this young age - because Joel, with his impish smile and eyes crinkling in laughter, seemed to be permanently twenty-five. Young at heart, young in spirit. A wonderful writer who worked on his craft. His book reviews at the Montefiore Club were a delight to all; the loyal members of the club really looked forward to his reviews done with his inimitable style and honesty. When asked if writers ever base their characters on people they know, Joel famously responded, "They always base their characters on people they know." Surprise and laughter ensued. A couple of days ago I started re-reading Mordecai & Me, and it was like having Joel in the same room: he wrote the way he spoke - with intelligence, wit, and honesty. He was generous with his time with other writers, giving advice, encouraging them. Most importantly, Cynthia and Jonah, you were his all. His family, above all else, was his stability, his unit, his pride and joy. He appreciated having his own family, having started a bit later than most, and he enjoyed every moment of being a husband, a father, and a dog parent. In these difficult days, let that give you some measure of comfort: that he loved you with all his big and generous heart, that he was thankful for his family, that you have so many good memories to keep you warm. Joel's loss is profound for all who were fortunate to know him. He made an impact on the world, an impact for the better. May you and your family be spared any further sorrow. Rachel

Brian Gore - 23 days ago

Dear Yanofsky Family, My sincerest condolences on the unfortunate passing of Joel. He was a fine and reflective individual who will be remembered by all those who had the privilege of knowing him.

Judy & Sim Shek - 23 days ago

Dear Cynthia, Jonah, & Family. We were so saddened to hear of Joel's passing. He leaves a legacy of being a mentsh in the truest sense as a loving husband & father , & outstanding teacher & writer, who was dearly loved & respected by many. Our most sincere condolences.

Ian Levitt - 23 days ago

My heartfelt condolences to Cynthia, Jonah and family, I had the pleasure of taking one of Joel's creative writing classes one summer at McGill many years ago. I enjoyed his writing and sense of personality. He was a great human being and will be sorrily missed. RIP sincerely Ian Levitt.

Frances Noik - 23 days ago

My heartfelt condolences.

Philip Szporer - 24 days ago

Such sad news. My deep condolences to the family. I will always remember Joel for his gentle nature, his humour, and humanity. A genuinely sweet soul.

Tyler rubin - 24 days ago

Dear Jonah I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my deepest condolences and I am thinking of you in this difficult time. Tyler Rubin and family

David Brown - 24 days ago

I am sorry to learn of Joel’s death. Several years ago Joel kindly reviewed a novel I wrote despite it being a first book issued by a new press. Although I did not know him well whenever we crossed paths he greeted me warmly and asked how my writing was going. He was a genuine nice guy and accomplished novelist and journalist.

Louise Penny - 24 days ago

Oh, what a shock. What a loss. That photo is heartbreaking. Exactly as I remember him. Warm, huge-hearted. So gifted and generous in sharing those gifts. My embraces to Cynthia and Jonah and the family. Such a lovely man.

Crayne Spanier - 24 days ago

Dear Cynthia and Jonah and the entire Davis and Yanofsky families, My heart and soul has been crushed these last days trying to fathom the unexpected loss of this great human being and the effect it will have on his family. I always enjoyed Joel’s company and was sure I was in the presence of a great wit with a big heart. Having read many of these tributes I only scratched the surface on this much loved Montreal treasure. Above all, I marveled at his incredible devotion to his immediate family. He was inspirational. It saddens me to not be there and participate in any tangible way but someday we will all be together. Sending love and condolences.

Leah and Sooky, - 24 days ago

Dear Cynthia, Jonah and extended family, Its with sad hearts did we learn that Joel was very sick and dieing. extended

Laura Goldberg - 24 days ago

Dear Cynthia, I want to extend my heartfelt condolences to you and Jonah. I was deeply saddened to learn of Joel's passing. I never missed his book reviews in the Gazette and I was fortunate to be able tell him that he was my favourite reviewer some years back at the Hampton YMCA. Please know that my thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

Ralph Gomberg - 24 days ago

Dear Cynthia and Jonah my heartfelt condolences on the passing of Joel. I was only blessed to have known him for a short while but his wit and humility touched me deeply. I am always nearby if ever I can help.

Nancy Maklan - 24 days ago

Dear Cynthia & Jonah. I got to know you, Cynthia, through the work you did for Temple and your glorious paintings, and I got to know Joel through his writing, especially his deeply moving book, Bad Animals. He has made a significant difference for me and for many others. He will be greatly missed. I send my deepest condolences.

Leslie Merrill S Kott - 24 days ago

Dear Yanofsky and Extended Family , Everyone met Joel from my peer group.If Joel was there , the energy was more sane and balanced during those so many years that all of us were whirling through so many social changes Joel was one of the steadying forces .We are thankful to Joel for being here and wish him love ,blessings and an aliyah .Condolences to his family

Elsa Kisber - 24 days ago

Dear Yanofsky family, Heartfelt condolences on the loss of Joey. Our dear Marilyn's brother is gone. Part of our life, & my dear brother's Raphael's (Ray) family for 50 years, Joey was ever present. His writings, lectures, & awards are now part of Montreal's & Canada's legacy. But his wit, humour & devotion to his family will always be our memories. In his last days, Ray & Joey were able to communicate, to remind each other of their special place in each other's lives. Mar, Renee & Joey are now all gone, our hearts are broken. They live in our memories, the daily comutes , years ago, to Chomedy; the sleepovers, the trips shared, the joy of sharing Jonah (Joey's son), the meals cooked together, the ridiculous dances as they cleaned up after dinners. Joey will be missed. May his memory be a blessing. Written with love and a very heavy heart, Elsa Kisber

Ira Salman - 24 days ago

My sympathies to you, Cynthia, Jonah, your mom and the rest of your family. Ira from the Coop, and Anita Pfefer Krakow’s nephew.

Tommy Schnurmacher - 24 days ago

So saddened to hear the news of Joel's passing. I enjoyed reading his books, I interviewed him on CJAD Radio and thoroughly enjoyed taking a course of his at the Quebec Writers Federation. He was always interesting and filled with so much warmth and kindness. May his memory be an eternal blessing. He did so much for so many people. My deep condolences of the loss of such a great guy.

Sol Goldberg - 24 days ago

I didn’t’ know Joel, only from his articles that I read and the wonderful comments about him here....He will surely rest in Gan Eden among the Just in Zion and Jerusalem.....

Karen Greenstein - 24 days ago

Our deepest condolences RIP The Greenstein family

Randi & Daniel Lach - 24 days ago

Dear Cynthia and Jonah, Daniel and I are thinking of you both during this difficult time. May your memories be a blessing to you.

Sari litman - 24 days ago

Dear Cynthia and Jonah, My deepest condolences on the loss of such a wonderful man. Hoping your memories will keep you comforted.

Glen Rotchin - 24 days ago

Dear Cynthia and Jonah, As you already know from so many people offering sympathies, losing Joel hurts deeply for a lot of people, and in a lot of different ways, which tells you so much about what he meant. You'll hear over and over again about his gifts as a writer, his charm, his self-effacing wit, his kindness, his insight, his warmth, his fealty - all qualities that his friends and acquaintances experienced in abundance. He was serious about his craft but didn't take himself too seriously, which is a neat trick most writers of his caliber and quality can't master. For me it was his generosity that left the greatest mark. I had started writing fiction but didn't deign to consider what I was writing worthy of readers, until Joel said it was. That he agreed to read the manuscript I was working on, which would become my debut novel, was as surprising to me as it was edifying and an honour. And it was Joel who gave it the title The Rent Collector. One of my lessons from Joel was his basic respect for each person's individual experience. He said that each of us knows something better than anyone else - we are all 'experts' in something. Writing was about finding and expressing that 'expertise'. I had the chutzpah to believe him that I too had a certain kind of expertise worth sharing. I know I am not alone to have learned this from Joel. That's quite a legacy.

Amanda Guay - 24 days ago

Dear Cynthia and Jonah, My sincerest condolences to you and all of the extended family. I am saddened to read this news. I will remember Joel's smile and humor with fondness.

Tuesday Afternoon Book Club - 24 days ago

Dear Yanofsky Family, Joel reviewed books for our Tuesday afternoon book club for more than 15 years. Each time was a pleasure and an adventure because he invariably selected books that provoked lively discussion and often convinced us to admire some we’d initially disliked. Only once did we get him to change his mind. We all loved My Brilliant Friend by Elena Farrante but Joel didn’t, even though he’d chosen it. For once, our discussion brought him around, and in the end he graciously agreed that it was a wonderful book. He was a pillar of our group, and we will miss him very much. We can only imagine what a great loss this is for you. Please accept our heartfelt condolences.

Marie-madeleine Raoult - 24 days ago

I am sorry to hear the tragic loss of Joel Yanofsky. I remember him as a great author and I have had the pleasure to invite him to assist at the Rimouski Book Fair when I published the French translation of his novel under the title of "L'Échelle de Jacob" in the fall of 2001. I remember "son sens de l'humour et sa grande gentillesse". Please accept my deepest condolences.

Bryan Moscovitch - 25 days ago

Dear Cynthia, Jonah and family on this sad moment. My heart goes with you as i lost my wife in September, and know how it feels.

The Rodin Family - 25 days ago

Dear Cynthia, Jonah, and family, Our heartfelt condolences go out to you on this devastating loss. Remember, you are stronger than you know and you are surrounded by those who care deeply. Big hugs 🤗 sincerely, Renee and Lorne, Liv and Jill.

Julia Paré - 25 days ago

Such a tragic loss, Cynthia. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

Kevin Fainbloom - 25 days ago

Dear Cynthia, Jonah and family, I am so sorry to hear of the tragic loss of Cynthia's husband, Jonah's father. Please accept my deepest condolences.

Myrna Bergen - 25 days ago

Dear Sym & Tareneh and your extended Yanofsky -Davis family, I offer my sincerest condolences on the passing of Joel, your brother-in-law ( uncle to your sons). May his memory be for a blessing.

Benjamin Trossman - 25 days ago

Dear Cynthia and family, My deepest condolences on Joel's passing. His book Jacob's Ladder helped keep my mind occupied while my father was in the hospital with cancer. "Bad Animals" was also a great read. May you be comforted by the happy memories and be spared any further sorrow. Benjie Trossman

Corrie Sirota - 25 days ago

Dear Cindy & family, Similar to many, the news of Joel's death came as such a shock to me. I have very fond memories of growing up across the street from the Yanofsky's in Chomedey. Joel always had a wonderful smile. Reading his writing over the years was truly heartwarming - he was truly talented and as such he surely left an indelible imprint on the world. People may leave our lives, but their memory lives in our hearts forever.

Toby Measham - 25 days ago

Dear Cynthia and Jonah, We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and we are sending you all our love, Toby, Pardo and Matteo

Helen Wolkowicz - 25 days ago

Dear Yanofsky Family, Like many, I had the privilege of meeting Joel through the Montreal writing community. My deepest condolences to the entire family. May his memory always be a blessing.

Trevor Ferguson - 25 days ago

Heartbroken. Loved this man. Grateful that we were able to share time and space together in our literary community, and to be a poker buddy across the table from him. Always delighted to see him. Will now miss him forever. My condolences to Cynthia and Jonah. All my love to you.

Gary yanofsky - 25 days ago

Dear Cynthia and Jonah saddened to hear of the passing of Joel Yanovsky he was my cousin. Memories of visiting our grandparents at the apartment building on Vanhorn near the red rose tea company Joel was always with a pad and pencil. My deepest sympathy for your loss.

Cindy Dankner & Matt Jette - 25 days ago

Dear Cynthia and Jonah, We were shocked and saddened to hear of Joel’s passing. We have fond memories of playing softball with him. Our heartfelt condolences. May you find strength in your memories. Cindy & Matt Jette

Rebecca and Benson - 25 days ago

Dear Cynthia and Josh, We wish to extend our deepest condolences.May your cherished memories offer you comfort during this difficult time. Sincerely Rebecca and Benson Yanofsky

Barbara Zilber - 25 days ago

Dear Cynthia, Jonah and extended family, I am so sorry to hear of this devastating loss of Joel. May his memory be as a blessing. May you all be strong.

Marcy Kastner - 25 days ago

Dear Cynthia and Jonah , my deepest sympathy on your loss. Missed you at camp this summer Jonah. Keep the good memories close to your heart. Marcy Kastner

Peter Linder - 25 days ago

Dear Yanofsky family. Myrna and I are are saddened to learn of Joey’s passing. We first met Joey 50 years ago when Ray Kisber was dating Joey’s late sister Marilyn. Through them, we were kept informed of Joey’s many successes as a writer. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.

Howard Greenfield - 25 days ago

Joel was born on Yom Kippur. With no sins of his own at the time, he would have to atone for the rest of us. Writing is an act of atonement, an attempt to set the record straight. That he did. For all of us. My Condolences to his family and friends.

Debra Ostroff - 25 days ago

I really enjoyed Joel's writing but especially when he wrote about Cynthia and Jonah his love was obvious. May that be a comfort to you.

Rosalind and Bill Pellatt - 25 days ago

Bill and I are saddened to hear of Joel’s passing. We are so sorry for your loss. Please accept our heartfelt condolences.

Gerald ("Gerry") Ahronheim - 25 days ago

Sincere sympathy and condolences on your loss. זיכרונו לברכה

Marissa Miller - 25 days ago

Dear Yanofsky Family, I would like to extend my deepest condolences on the loss of Joel. He was an incredible professor who I will always remember for his kindness, patience and unbeatable sense of humour. BDE.

Guy Sprung - 25 days ago

Joel, twice you and your plays were part of Infinithéâtre’s Playwrights’ Unit. First with Love U, The Grad School Musical and then with Prequel: An Old Testament Comedy in Two Acts. Whether talking about your own work or the plays of the other Unit members, you were always the most incisive, wise, gentle and generous soul in the room. Your astute wit will resonate, always. Guy Sprung For the Infini Team

Milene and Greg Etingin - 25 days ago

Dear Cynthia, Jonah and family, Our heartfelt condolences to you of the passing of dear Joel. We are so so sorry for your loss and your pain. We feel blessed that our families' paths crossed several years ago when they did as your friendship has inspired us to be better humans. We enjoyed Joel's honest and insightful writing as well as his humility, both in writing and in person. Our thoughts are with you dear Cynthia and Jonah.

Cynthia Van Frank - 25 days ago

Dear Cynthia, Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your husband.

Resa Leinwand - 25 days ago

Dear Family - I was very fortunate to take a class this past Spring with Joel on Non-Fiction writing through the QWF. The class had filled up very quickly and at the last minute a spot opened up and I grabbed it instantly. The pandemic began just days after our first meet but we continued the class over zoom in the months that followed. Aside from passing on his wisdom of writing and moving through the technicalities of the writer's world, it was evident how proud he was of his family and how much they were cherished by him. Although seemingly reserved, I could see that he was a kind man. And he was extremely generous with his knowledge, his time and truthful critiques of his students' writings, offering to read our work even after the course was finished. This city has lost a great writer and teacher. My deepest condolences to you during this most difficult time.

Bunny Lecker - 25 days ago

Dear Carole Such sad news. Sending my deepest condolences to all the family. My thoughts are with you Bunny Lecker

Lillian & Morris Goodman - 25 days ago

Dear Yanofsky Family, We are so sad to hear about the passing of Joel. Morris's relationship began with Joel writing Morris's Biography, "To Make A Difference". Joel was able to capture the ethos and sentiments of Morris's story so incredibly well. He was an attentive listener and brought out so much of the passion of Morris's stories. He was a great writer. Best of all he was a pleasure to work with. Our sympathy to you...and may his memory be a blessing.

Vera Kisfalvi - 25 days ago

So, so saddened reading about Joel this morning. Sending my deepest sympathies to you and Jonah. I remember the time, many years ago when you were my neighbour on Hutchison Street, and you and Joel were just beginning your romance. A spark of warmth during the Great Ice Storm. May warm memories of Joel sustain you, always.

Sharon Wilensky - 25 days ago

I was fortunate to meet Joel once and appreciated his instant likeability and warmth. My sincereest condolences.

Anita Krakow - 25 days ago

To the Davis / Yanofsky families: Please accept my deepest sympathy on Joel's passing. Barney and Jean Yanofsky (the finest of people...) were my backyard neighbours in Suburbia. I knew Joel existed, but only rarely caught a rare glimpse of him. When he married Cynthia - who I have known almost all her life - I only saw him in passing. However, I came to know him through his writings - warm, personal, and always entertaining, no matter the subject. I really feel for all of you! May Joel's memory keep you strong.

Philip Fine - 25 days ago

Cynthia, I'm so sorry for your loss. Joel was a fellow writer and Chomedian, and a person who beat me so badly and quickly at the one poker game of his that I really did have the honour of attending. He had the most sardonic tone but it was coupled with a mensch-like charm. I read so many of his Gazette columns and see him as a person who has helped define -- and explain --our writing community. His life was cut short but he did so much with the one he had. May you be spared further sorrow.

Dina ANSEL Goldstein - 25 days ago

To joel s .although l did not know him personally l am so sorry for your loss. He brought a lot to the world. May have no more sorrow.

Carla Wendman - 26 days ago

Cynthia, Jonah and family, My heartfelt sympathies on the loss of your husband, father and friend to many. My thoughts are with you. Carla xx

Michael Kraus-6) - 26 days ago

Ruth and I are so saddened by this loss.May you,family and close friends be comforted by the memories of Joel and how he touched us all with his unique sense of humour and writing genius.

Rhonda Friedman - 26 days ago

Dear Cynthia and Jonah, I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Sending my deepest condolences. Rhonda xoxo ( Montreal Shira Choir)

Molly Wolanski - 26 days ago

My sincerest condolences on your loss of Joel, your husband and father to Jonah. I would often see you all at the Friendship Circle functions, especially at the Fund Raiser Walk. May you cherish the fond memories that you shared together as a family. Molly (Olivia's Bubby)

Elaine and Elie Shapiro - 26 days ago

Sending deepest condolences on the loss of your dear Joel. He was an intelligent, warm and kind individual and a joy to all who knew him. May his memory be a blessing. Sending virtual hugs to Jonah from Elie “Be-lie “!

Deborah Alper - 26 days ago

Very saddened to hear about Joel’s passing My heart goes out to you!

Ilanah Milgram - 26 days ago

Dear Cynthia and Jonah, This is such a tremendous loss of a wonderful husband, father and writer. He was well loved and respected and will be very much missed.

Lana Segal - 26 days ago

Dear Cynthia (roomie) I am so sorry to hear of Joel’s passing. For the brief time I knew him he showed his humour, kindness and love for you. Our family sends our deepest condolences to you and your family .

Sam Liebman - 26 days ago

I wish to extend my deepest condolences to Cynthia and Josh. Our children were at the Y daycare together, and you would sometimes come to our street during our annual street festival on Belgrave. I occasionally ran into Joel walking your dog, as I walked ours, and we would chat. He was a wonderful writer and a lovely gentleman.

Miriam Cohen - 26 days ago

I am so sorry to learn of Joel's passing! I met him through the years because of my involvement with the Jewish Public Library, and never did I meet another writer, so modest, so pleasant. it was a pleasure to converse with him and listen to him speak about writing. May his memory b e a source of comfort to his family. Baruch Dayan Emet..Miriam Cohen

Emanuel Lowi - 26 days ago

Dear Cynthia, please accept my sincere sympathy for your sad loss. - Manny

Amanda Cape - 26 days ago

Cynthia and Jonah, I am deeply saddened to learn of Joel’s passing. My deepest and heartfelt condolences. I did not know Joel for a long period of time, or very long, however I enjoyed our interactions to and from choir rehearsals. He was always a kind, caring individual.

Elayne Aber - 26 days ago

Dear Cynthia and Jonah I’m so very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you at this sad time and sending you love. Elayne

sharon freedman - 26 days ago

Dear Cynthia and Jonah. I am shocked and very saddened to learn of Joel's death. I grew up with Marilyn both on van Horne and all the years in Chomedey. I spend a lot of time in their home. Joel was always so devoted and caring about his family and sadly I last saw him at Marilyn's Shiva. I do hope all your memories and fun times will help get you through this most difficult time. He died too young but accomplished a long lifetime of things. My profound sympathies to you both

David P. Stein - 26 days ago

Dear Jonah, I'm sorry for your loss, and I'm always going to cherish the signed copy of "Bad Animals" that your father gave to me. I know your father had (and will continue to have) a profound impact on your life. I know it's also around the time of your birthday, and that can't be easy! I want you to know that my thoughts are with you and your mother, and I'd love to connect with you over the phone in the new year.

Twinkle Rosenstone Rudberg - 26 days ago

Dear Cynthia and Jonah, My heart goes out to you at this sad time of loss of your dear Joel. May your memories of happy times shared sustain you through these difficult times. My deepest sympathies go to all of the family. My thoughts are with you with much love. Twinkle

Carl Wooden - 26 days ago

As a childhood friend from Montcalm Street in Chomedey, I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Joel (Joey). My condolences to Cynthia and Jonah.

Stephen Berenbaum - 26 days ago

Dear Cynthia, Jonah, Carole and family. I was saddened to read of Joel’s passing. My deepest sympathies to the whole family. May your fond memories bring you comfort during this difficult time and may you be spared further sorrow.

Sanda Richstone Granner - 26 days ago

Dear Jonah, I am so sorry to read the very sad news about your dad . I know you have lots of good memories which will help you remember your dad with love. Thinking of you, Sanda

Patrick Lavery - 26 days ago

I was lucky to have Joel as a professor while I was a journalism student at Concordia. He was a wonderful professor, full of knowledge and wisdom he passed on to us undergrads with a smile and a laugh. I picked his brain constantly. The world is a little less colourful with him gone. I do still have a copy of his book “Mordecai and Me” he graciously autographed for me after class one day. Thank you for everything, Joel. My deepest condolences to his family.

Lynn Dion - 26 days ago

Dear Cynthia, Let the memories of Joel’s life provide you and Jonah with the comfort you need during this challenging time. My deepest condolences.

Barry Pomerantz - 26 days ago

Ira, Fred & Barry Pomerantz (Child-hood friends) were deeply saddened to learn of Joel’s passing. Please accept our Deepest Condolences. Our Families grew up together on Montcalm Street in Chomedey. All the local "Montcalm Kids" played together (we called Joel "Joey" he was such a nice pleasant Kid!) Our parents were well acquainted, especially our Father's...! May you be spared further sorrow. - Ira, Fred & Barry Pomerantz

Stephan Steinhouse - 26 days ago

Dear Cynthia and family, We are so sorry to hear about Joel, such a creative spirit. We remember what a loving father he was at Jonah's Bar Mitzvah. Our sincere sympathies. Janet and Steve

Debbie Walsh - 26 days ago

I am sorry for your loss, nothing in life can ever prepare you for the loss of someone so close to your heart. Wishing you peace to bring comfort and the courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart. You and your family are held close in heart and wished comfort in the days to come. With Deepest Sympathy

Julie Matlin - 26 days ago

I'm so sorry for your loss. I took many workshops with Joel and he was such an inspiration and mentor to me. It was always clear how much he adored his family, especially when I would bump into him out with Jonah. My deepest condolences.

Susan Pinsky - 26 days ago

Dear Cynthia and the entire family. Please accept my deepest condolences. May your cherished memories offer you comfort during this difficult time.

Andrea Weinstein - 26 days ago

I am terrible saddened to learn of Joel’s passing. He taught several writing workshops for my junior high school English students and I was always impressed by his patience and his wit. May Joel’s family and friends be comforted by memories of a truly special person.

David Lazarus - 26 days ago

Dear Cynthia and family, we are stunned and saddened by this news. Joel was a superb writer but much more importantly a humble and soft-spoken soul who brimmed with wit and a keen sense of observation of the world around him. He was that very rare thing, devoted to his wife and son, a humanist and mensch of the highest caliber.

Angie Nevard - 26 days ago

The first time I met Joel was when I took one of his writing classes many years ago. He was funny, he was wise, he was kind. I am deeply saddened by this news and wish his entire family my deepest sympathies. With love, Angie

Mrs Oritte Rudski - 26 days ago

So sorry to hear about your loss. I have found memories of Jonah in my Kumon class years ago, and of how involved you were in his education. May you be comforted among the mourners of Zion.

julie pattee - 26 days ago

Dear Cynthia and Jonah, I am so sorry for your loss. Joel was a kind, caring and patient mentor, teacher and a true friend. He was truly loved. He will be will be deeply missed by everyone who was lucky enough to know him.

Gayle Cohen - 26 days ago

Dear Carole and Family, I am extremely saddened by this news. Please accept my sincere condolences. No more sorrow. Sincerely, Gayle

Kathryn Gabinet-Kroo - 26 days ago

The Monday Afternoon Book Club would like to extend its deepest sympathies to Joel's family. We will always remember and miss his wonderful sense of humour, astute observations and most of all, his kindness and humanity.

Yosef Robinson - 26 days ago

Dear Cynthia and Jonah, my sincere condolences on your loss. May both of you be spared further sorrow! Best regards, Yosef

Rayna Lang - 26 days ago

I’m so sorry for your loss. May he Rest In Peace, and in your cherished memories.

Dalhia Waisgrus and Jim Owens - 26 days ago

Dear Cynthia, I am so very saddened to learn of your grievous loss. I wish there was more I could offer than mere words. Please know that Dalhia and I send you our sincerest and most heartfelt condolences at this tragic time for you. I am sure that your memories of your life with Joel will give you and Jonah strength to endure this pain. Dalhia and Jim

Sarah - 26 days ago

Sad, sad news. I am sorry for everyone who loved or appreciated Joel. May you find sources of strength and solace to overcome the pain. Joel will be missed. A fan

Rhea (POVITZ) and Ricky Tock - 26 days ago

My sincere and heartfelt condolences to you all on the passing of your beloved Joel. BDE❤️❤️

Cheryl Libman - 26 days ago

Dear Cynthia and Jonah We are so saddened to hear of Joel’s passing. May his memory be for a blessing and may you cherish all your memories. Cheryl & Chuck

Sheila Segal - 26 days ago

Dear Cynthia. I am very shocked and saddened to have learned of your loss. My sincere condolences to you and Jonah. Sheila

Rosie Saxe - 26 days ago

My deepest sympathies Cynthia and Jonah. I am so sorry for the loss of your dear husband and father. I can’t even imagine your pain. I send my love to you.

Mike Regenstreif - 26 days ago

Dear Cynthia and Jonah, I was deeply saddened to learn of Joel's passing. I always enjoyed the times I shared with him -- such a great guy and such a fine writer. Mike Regenstreif

Pearl Adams - 26 days ago

My deepest sympathy to the family , Pearl Adams

Heidi and Cliff Rodgers - 26 days ago

Dear Cynthia and Jonah, We are shocked and saddened to hear of Joel's passing. Our thoughts are with you. My sincere condolences. May he rest in peace.

Bev Torok - 26 days ago

Dear Cynthia, Our sympathy and condolences go out to you and to Jonah on the passing of your husband and father. Hear is a virtual hug. Bev