Peter Hechtman

Funeral Service: Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 11:00 AM
Paperman & Sons
Shiva: Sunday, March 15, 2020 to
Thursday, March 19, 2020

Shiva at his home.
Shiva Details: Shiva hours: Sunday through Thursday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Cemetery: Baron De Hirsch Cemetery
Donations: “Dr. Olivenstein's Research Fund” c/o the Montreal Chest Institute of the MUHC, (514) 843-1543, the Pediatric Genetics Department c/o the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation, (514) 934-4846, or to the charity of your choice.

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Margot MacNutt - 1 day ago

Dear Lily, my condolences to you and your family. May your happy memories of Peter be of comfort to you in the coming days.

Sharon Walcott - 6 days ago

Dear Lily, Please accept my sincere condolences. Sharon

Joey and Donna - 10 days ago

Dear Lily, hope it helps to know that we are with you in our thoughts.

Constance Lalinec - 10 days ago

Dear Lily, Please accept my sincere condolences on the profound loss of your husband. I remember, years ago, crossing your path as both of you were walking from Circle road to the Montreal Children'S Hospital, looking like soulmates. May all the wonderful memories you shared be of comfort to you. Constance Lalinec

Lawrence Kaplan - 13 days ago

Dear Lily, I was saddened to just learn of Peter’s passing. I remember him as a brilliant, dedicated scientist and researcher, teacher and supervisor. In addition he was a genuine Renaissance man and I would often see him on the McGill campus attending a course in history or literature. I just saw the two of you recently at a play at the Segal Center and Peter, with his oxygen tank, was still his bright, interested, witty and dare I Say, lively self. Little did I know that it was to be the last time I would see him. May your wonderful memories of this warm and special man and of your own love and dedication to him through his long difficult illness serve as a small measure of consolation

Sheva Steiner - 15 days ago

Dear Lilly, I am so sorry for your loss. Sending you my deepest condolences.

Rita Riccio - 15 days ago

Dear Dr. Hechtman: I am truly sorry for your loss. I would like to offer you and your family my deepest and most sincere condolences. May friendship, family and prayers ease your pain through this difficult time. My heartfelt condolences Rita Riccio

Michael Shevell - 16 days ago

Dear Lily Please accept our condolences on the loss of Peter. He was someone who always made an impression and was a polymath with a remarkable range of knowledge across a broad range of subjects. May you treasure his memory and together with your family be spared any further sorrows. Annette and Michael Shevell

Michael and Penny Cohen - 16 days ago

Our deep sympathies on the loss of a kind and passionate man, a man of the world. He will be missed. Penny and Mike

Belinda Solomon - 16 days ago

My deepest condolences to Jeremy and the whole family.

Deborah Salmon - 16 days ago

Dear Lily, I'm thinking of you today and sending you wishes for comfort and gentleness. Although I never met Peter, it sounds like he was a truly remarkable person. My deepest condolences, and warmest thoughts go out to you and your family. Deborah

Francine Cytrynbaum - 16 days ago

To all of the Hechtman family, please accept my deepest condolences on your loss. Francine and family

Samantha Fabian - 16 days ago

Dr. Hechtman, My family and I want to give your our sincere condolences. We hope your fond memories will get you through this most difficult time. Sammi, Leslie and Ricki Fabian

Mounir Samy - 17 days ago

Dear Lily, as colleagues and neighbours for the last 40 years, Sylvie and I would like to express our deep condolences. Peter was truly exceptional in his warmth, intelligence, humour, hospitality and overall sense of humanity. Very few people have this natural gift to put you immediately at ease the moment you meet them and Peter was one of them. We can only admire and be inspired by the high spirits he kept in the face of illness. I often saw him around Circle Road on improbable vehicles. You and his loving family are in our thoughts and prayers. Mounir and Sylvie

Ryan Katofsky - 17 days ago

Lily, Kenny & Jeremy, Ruth & I were deeply saddened by the news of Peter's passing. I have many fond memories of Peter over the years, including camping and spending time at your country house (the "wooden tent"). Peter was like family and we will miss him. May his memory be a blessing. Love, Ruth & Ryan

Helen and Irv Binik - 17 days ago

Dear Lily and family, We are so sorry for your loss. Please accept our deepest condolences. We regret not being able to come to the funeral or shiva, but we've been advised not to attend group gatherings since we have just returned from Morocco. Please know that we're thinking of you and wishing you well at this very difficult time. We hope to see you soon in the future to be able to express our sympathies in person. Helen and Irv

Dina Sokoloff - 17 days ago

I am so sorry for your loss. I lost touch with Peter years ago and I deeply regret it. I was a student in Biology (genetics) and met Peter as an undergrad. He was such a delight as a teacher. I recall approaching him to ask if he would take me on as a grad student and was elated when he said "sure!' with his crooked smile. That was the beginning of three amazing years I spent in the Biochemical Genetics lab at Montreal Chidren's Hospital with Peter as my mentor. I had a brother with CF which is what sparked my interest in Genetics to start with. He passed in 2016 after an attempt at a second double lung transplant. From what I have read about Peter, he was so much like my brother Jay...never let his illness define him and lived his life to the fullest in the face of great physical barriers in his last years. I am so sorry I missed out on keeping in touch with him all these years. I know I missed out on knowing an incredibly strong, sensitive and intelligent man. He was my mentor, teacher, friend and inspiration through my years at McGill and his memory will live on in my heart. The photo of him is just how i remember him. My condolences to his family and friends. May his memory be a blessing to all.

Neena Khan - 18 days ago

Dear Lilly, So sorry to hear about the passing of Peter. My sincere condolences. Neena Khan (Susan Berger’s sister)

Murray Katz - 18 days ago

What a remarkable man and family. Thank you for all your family has given to others. Having just lost a dear mother in law to the same disease our family understands how hard it was yet you all carried on. Very sincerely, Murray S. Katz MD and fami.y

Allison Bogdan - 19 days ago

Offerings of sincere condolences to the Hechtman Family for the momentous loss of Peter. Over the many years of knowing him, I saw his strength shine through in his smile and laugh at all of the little things, and greater sorrows such as his illness, that would have driven a lesser person to despair. Peter was a great man with a drive to keep his mind sharp through continuing to be active throughout the last moments, and will always be an inspiration. Dedicated to his family above all else, we can all learn from his legacy.

Joseph Bogdan - 19 days ago

Would like to offer my deepest sympathies to the Hechtman Family. The loss of such a fabulous husband, father and grandfather I'm sure is profound loss to the Family. Having known Peter for many years and seeing his courage and the resilience he displayed during his ongoing illness only reinforced my deepest respect for him. He lived his life like this illness was just a nuisance not going to affect his role as a husband, father and grand father. Peter was definitely The Rock of the Family. Will miss him.

Lisa Alvo - 19 days ago

Dr. Hechtman, Jeremy, Kenny & families, Please accept my deepest condolences on your tremendous loss. May his memory be a blessing.

Dr. Michel Grignon - 19 days ago

Obituary note for Peter Hechtman We were very saddened when we heard of Peter's passing. For myself, and on behalf of the Canadian Group of Analysts for Children and Adults, I wish to offer our deepest condolences to his wife Dr. Lily Hechtman and his sons Jeremy and Kenneth and their wives and children. I met Peter many times and he left me with a deep sense of humanity. He was a model of courage while facing adversity. He had a deep curiosity in science and all human experiences as well as a profound engagement in concrete actions socially and politically. Peter was a wonderful man and his passing will be a great loss to all who had the priviledge of knowing him. I am convinced that the memories we have of his warm smile, his sense of humour, his gentleness and his caring will remain with all of us. All our sympathy, Michel Grignon President of the Canadian Group of Analyst for Children and Adults.

David and Maria Thomas - 19 days ago

Dear Lily: Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Peter was an exceptional and memorable person. We are better for knowing him and we will all miss him. David and Maria and family

Rosie Bourdeau - 19 days ago

Dear Dr. Hechtman, I am so terribly sorry about the sad news. My heart goes out to you and your family. I always admired the deep love you and Peter had for one another. My thoughts are with you. Rosie

Miriam and Morton Kapusta - 19 days ago

An unique intelligent man who will be missed.

Marlene Dworkind - 20 days ago

Dear Lily, I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your dear husband. Sincerest condolences to you and your family at this most difficult time. Marlene Dworkind

Gloria Isenberg - 20 days ago

Dear Dr Gerry Batist and family, So sorry to hear of your loss. Thinking about you at this sad time and wishing you no more sorrow. Gloria Isenberg

Linda Aber - 20 days ago

Dear Lily and family, My deepest condolences to you and your family. May loving memories comfort and strengthen you during this sad and difficult time. May his memory be a blessing.

Terry Ades and David Brown - 20 days ago

When we first met Peter through mutual friends we were impressed by his rare intelligence and no holds barred honesty. His incredible love of learning and zest for life set him apart from many others.

Harriet and Slim Slimovitch - 20 days ago

Dear lily and family, We were so saddened to hear that Peter had passed away. He was a very special person who was very interested in discussing all topics with you, especially American politics etc etc. Our thoughts are with you at this very sad time. Harriet and Slim Slimovitch

stephen hechtman - 21 days ago

Dearest Lily and Jeremy and Ken and Jen and Wendy and Jacob and Jimi-T When I last spoke with Peter and soon thereafter you, Lily, I knew the end was near yet his passing effected me greatly and I will miss the monthly conversations he and I had about his book review and politics of course. He will remain one of the brightest people I've known. I'm terribly sorry that I will not be able to be with you and share the stories about his life and legacy . I speak for Carol too. And to all the Hechtmans please know that our home is open for you should you decide to drop over stay a bit when in the area. Our love, Carol and Steve

Esty Feldman - 21 days ago

My condolences to you and the family, dear Lily. You were together many years, but it is never, never enough.

Christopher and Mayra Neal - 21 days ago

Dear Lily, Jeremy, and extended Hechtman family, Our condolences to you. Peter was a model mensch. Amid his wisecracks, he was deeply wise, thoughtful, kind and generous. His memoir, One Man’s Family, reminds the reader of his inimitable voice, a mix of irreverence and self-deprecating gags that made him endearing while also taking the edge off the afflictions he endured in his last years. He and my late father, Jack Neal, shared lunch once a week for something like four decades. We were the lucky beneficiaries of this friendship, ourselves sharing lunches with him in recent years. Earlier, we’d joined the two of them, with sons in tow, for hiking in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. He kept all amused with his good-natured patter and comments that reflected his wide-ranging knowledge, always worn with modesty. We loved him and share your grief at his loss.

Julie Kristof - 21 days ago

I am so terribly sorry for your loss. He left a great legacy through his work and in his kids. That twinkle in the eye was definitely passed to the next generations. Courage. Julie

Sandra Rafman - 21 days ago

Dear Lily and family, I am so saddened to learn of Peter's loss. He made such an exceptional contribution to every context he was in: his warmth, his intelligence, his kindness, his interest, so much. From whom else would I have a book on the nuances of the participation of every Canadian who served in the Spanish Civil War? His knowledge and commitments are legendary. His memory will be a blessing. My deepest condolences, Sandra Rafman

Toby Goldner Shulman - 21 days ago

Dear Lily & Family, I was very saddened to hear about Peter - a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, family member, colleague, and friend. He accomplished so much in his lifetime, so much more than I knew. May the family be comforted as the mourners of Zion & Jerusalem & suffer no more sorrows. I am sorry not to be there for the shiva, but I am thinking of you, Lily, and will reach out when I return from Florida. Fondly, Toby

Arnie Aberman - 21 days ago

Dear Lily and family: Janis and I extend our deep condolences on the passing of Peter. Peter’s strength in the face of adversity was an example of courage. May you be spared further sorrows. Arnie

Ira Salsberg - 22 days ago

How very sad to hear. Lily, Kenny, and Jeremy, my deepest condolences. Peter was such a tremendous soul, full of wit, wisdom, and warmth, And those were just the W’s. A good man, he will be missed. Much love.

Paul Goodyer and Lala Torban - 22 days ago

Dear Lily, Please accept our condolences on Peter’s passing. We deeply enjoyed knowing him over these many years. When we ran into the two of you last month, Peter quickly made us chuckle as always. His broad intelligence, wit and warmth were extraordinary and held a unique place in our hearts.

Yuriko Glaser - 22 days ago

I join my husband, Gerry Glaser, and my daughter, Sarah Glaser, in feeling the sadness of losing Peter. I got to know Peter and Lily after I married Gerry whose stepfather, Harold Hechtman, was Peter’s uncle. They immediately welcomed me into the family. This family tie developed even more when our daughter started her graduate work at McGill. Peter became her surrogate uncle and made sure she acclimated to living in Montreal as a graduate student. We always had the peace of mind that Peter and Lily would be there for her. Peter’s intellectual curiosity and engagement was legendary among family and friends. He took it upon himself to read my first book on aesthetics. I think he finished it in a few days! When he was dealing with books as a hobby, he gave me a valuable volume on Japanese art. We also are blessed with having a book on the Hechtman family history that includes all of us. It will be a family heirloom for us and we are grateful for this special gift he left us. We will miss his positive attitude toward life, his voracious and curious mind, infectious sense of humor, and the warm presence that made people around him feel always welcome. It is such a loss. Our thoughts are with Lily and family.

Fred Wiseman - 22 days ago

Dear Lilly, My condolences on the passing of Peter. Sincerely, Fred

Gerry Glaser - 22 days ago

I was very saddened to hear of Peter’s passing. I first met Peter and Lilly in the late 1960’s when my mother married Peter’s uncle. At that time Peter and Lilly were both young professors at McGill. We met at family gatherings, and then got to know each other better in my college years when I began to come to Montreal every summer for the Jazz Festival. Years later when my daughter Sarah decided to pursue graduate work in psychology at McGill we saw Peter even more frequently. It was always a joy to spend time with him. We talked much about his work on Tay-Sachs disease but also about history, literature, politics, and philosophy. His knowledge was vast, he was intellectually curious and challenging, and he was always interested in what my thoughts were. At the same time he was very humble, thoughtful and caring. After he retired from teaching he continued to expand his knowledge through taking courses at McGill. Even though he was not taking these courses for a degree, I was amazed that he still did all the work and took all the tests. He was also interested in our family’s history and wrote a book titled “One Man’s Family”. When my daughter Sarah came to McGill to study Peter took her under his wing, cooked meals for her and went on bicycle rides with her. Even though he was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis at this time, Peter did not let this affect his studies or his other activities, nor did he let this affect his positive outlook on life. I saw Peter and Lilly last July at their summer cottage in the Laurentian Mountains, and even though I knew he was suffering he was the same Peter I always knew. I will miss him very dearly.

Gerry Glaser - 22 days ago

Jack Ajzenberg - 22 days ago

Dear Lily, Baruch Dayim Emet. Throughout his life, Peter practiced, 'Tikkun Olam', the repair of the world by acts of compassion. His courage and devotion to family were exemplary. Principles were integral to who he was and who he was, is the best iteration of humanity. His relentless pursuit of knowledge which he wedded and applied to various areas of endeavor characterized his essence. Our respective families shared rites of passage as well as joyous and painful historical experiences. He never failed to step up, no matter the degree of difficulty. In Peter's orbit, one knew that he had their back. His memory will be for our blessing and sustain those that loved and knew him for generations to come

Caryn Roll - 22 days ago

Dear Jeremy and Jen, I am so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in the wonderful memories you have of your dad. BDE Warmly, Caryn

Nina Fry-Kizler - 22 days ago

Thinking of you, Lily, Jeremy and Kenny. I have a lot of fond memories of spending time with Peter when I was younger at Mollie and Jim's house. I have been in touch with Jeremy recently and to keep up on how your family has been doing. I am really grateful that Peter sent me "One Man's Family" last year. It means a lot to me to have the family history in print. Sending lots of love... Nina

Dorothy McKelvey - 22 days ago

Lily please accept my sincere condolences to you and your family for your loss. His memory will live forever in your hearts.

Linda - 22 days ago

Dear Lily and family, My deepest condolences to you at this very sad time. Peter was one of a kind and he always had a wonderful sense of humour!! His love for his family will bring you much comfort in the many memories you will always cherish. Sincerely Linda Vaupshas

Riana Levy - 22 days ago

Dear Jeremy and Family, Please accept my sincere condolences on your loss.

Charles & Bev Vyvial - 22 days ago

Dear Lily, We are both so sorry to hear that Peter has passed away. We so enjoyed seeing you both at our annual bookfair and spending time with you at the dinners. We extend our most sincere condolences to you and to Peter's family and friends. Peter was such a sweet man and he will surely be missed by many. Charles & Bev

Rae Gropper - 22 days ago

Lilly: Our most heartfelt condolences on the loss of your partner and soulmate! Peter's courage and resilience were impressive and a model for the all of us. Our families have been through all of life's stages but this one is particularly difficult! May a lifetime of wonderful memories bring you some comfort at this very difficult time. Aaron and Rae

Kelsey and Ernie Burman - 22 days ago

Dear Lily, We were so sorry to hear of Peter’s passing. His exceptional engagement with life despite severe limitation is so admirable. Our thoughts are with you at this time of sadness, May his memory be a blessing.

Bruce Costom - 22 days ago

Dear Lily, Jeremy, Kenneth and families, I was truly saddened to read the news of Peter’s passing. Having known you all for all these years, I know what a remarkable person he was, and how appropriate the words describing his life do him such justice. Joanne joins me in expressing our most sincere sympathies. Fondly, Bruce Costom

Monica and Joe Gauze - 22 days ago

Dear Lily and Family, Our condolences on your loss. May wonderful memories of Peter comfort you. Monica and Joe

Lorna & Stanley Clamen - 22 days ago

Dear Lily Please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of Peter.

Abe Fuks - 22 days ago

Dear Lily, Please accept my sincere condolences and heartfelt sympathy on this tragic loss. Peter was a unique and wonderful colleague and friend to so many. May all the special stories and memories be a consolation to you and your family and may you be spared further sorrows. Abe

Barbara and Jerry Goffman - 22 days ago

Dearest Lily and family: We were so sad to learn of Peter's passing. He was a real trouper. Our hearts and thoughts are with you. We go back a very long way!! Your family was always very dear to my dear parents and to our entire family. Peter will certainly be missed! Please be comforted in knowing that you have a wonderful group of people who care! Barbara and Jerry

Murray Levine - 22 days ago

Dear Dr. Hechtman, Please accept my deepest sympathies for your loss. We met 9 years ago in your office at the MCH. I was disappointed when I learned that at 60 I wasn’t the oldest patient ever at the MCH. It was interesting to learn why I came up with so many ideas, in fact so many that a friend commented that I reminded him of Sir Isaac Newton. My friend was a civil rights worker in Louisiana during summer breaks. He was also the youngest person at the time to ever have been accepted into MIT. We were obviously both blessed to have the friends that we did. Last week I contacted the MCH about a very interesting fundraising opportunity. I am a volunteer fundraising consultant and charity activist. When I follow up this week with the MCHF regarding the overture, I will be doing so in memory of your late husband. If they have the good sense to adopt I will ask them to inform you of what was raised. May his memory be a blessing and bring you many smiles in your remaining 50 years!

Michael and Kim Garellek - 22 days ago

Dear Lily and Family, Our sincerest condolences to you at this time. We are filled with sadness but admire Peter for his kindness, courage, perspectives and most certainly his humour. This is how we will remember him.

Beverley Bratt - 23 days ago

Dear Lily and Family, Please accept our sincerest condolences on your profound loss. In sympathy, Beverley and Stephen Bratt

David Rosenblatt - 23 days ago

Dear Lily and family, Linda and I extend to you our most sincere condolences. Peter greatly influenced his colleagues and students at McGill and throughout his life he was a passionate teacher and advocate. Peter was a true warrior who never let his medical condition limit learning and adventure. He will be missed by all who knew him. May you and your family be spared further sorrow.

Sarah Glaser - 23 days ago

I am deeply saddened to hear about Peter’s passing. I have incredibly fond memories of spending time with him in Montreal. Peter took me on long bike rides, and he cooked me meals and delivered them to me weekly. He was a selfless, giving, and thoughtful person. I will miss his keen sense of humor, his upbeat nature, and our intellectually stimulating conversations. My heart goes out to Lily and the rest of the family during this difficult time.

Hannah Lewkowict - 23 days ago

Dear Lily and Family. Bill and I were so saddened to hear that Peter passed away. May all your cherished memories of times spent with Peter sustain you and comfort you during this difficult time. Peter was truly a dedicated family man and accomplished so much in his career. May you all be spared from further sorrow. Hannah and Bill

Claire Ackerman Nudel - 23 days ago

Dear Lily, I was so sad to hear the news of the death of Peter. May you and your family be spared any further sorrows.

Sabina (Blutstein)Sternthal - 23 days ago

Dear Lily and family. Please accept my most sincere condolences on the loss of your husband/father/grandfather. He sounds like an amazing man and I am sure he will be greatly missed. Cherish the memories. Sincerely, Sabina