Michael Pinkas

Funeral Service: Tuesday, May 05, 2020
Private graveside
Shiva: Strictly Private Shiva. Thank you for respecting the family's wishes.
Donations: McGill University Health Centre Foundation, (514) 843-1543

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26 Condolences

Vicki and Leslie - 17 days ago

Dear Faige, Leonard and Lydia; This is so hard to write. Mike was such a special man. He was kind, gentle, inquisitive, always asking about how things were going with you, and he was always ready with a genuine and warm smile. We will always remember him. Vicki and Leslie

Rosalie (Hollander) Wolfe - 18 days ago

Dear Faige, Leonard, Lydia and Family. , My heart broke upon learning of the tragic loss of beloved Michael. He was an extraordinary human being who played such a pivotal role in my childhood. I remember the day he came to live in my house on Villeneuve, in the front bedroom. It took my mother only a couple of days to figure out that he should meet the beautiful girl across the street and she made it her mission to assure that they would spend the rest of their lives together. Michael was enormously handsome and intelligent and kind and loving. He was a special part of my family from the day he moved in. When I saw Faige and Michael during a visit to my dad last summer, after losing my own husband, I could not help but notice that he and Faige held hands the entire time we spoke. Michael overcoming such unspeakable adversity, surviving the Holocaust beginning at the age of nine, was inspiring and comforting. He continued to be a positive and compassionate person and touched everyone who had the great fortune to know him. He and Faige were the ultimate love story and I hope her fond memories of a loving a devoted husband and father, coupled with the passage of time will ease her pain and sorrow. He will always be in my thoughts and deep in my heart. Love always, ❤️Roz

Rena Borovay - 19 days ago

Dear Faige and family, Our heartfelt condolences on the loss of Michael. I will always remember his gentle and kind demeanour from so many years ago. You are in our thoughts.

Erica Bloom - 19 days ago

Dear Faigie and Family, I was so sad to hear of the passing of your dear Mike. It always felt special to be with Faigie and Mike. Mike showed warmth and true kindness to everyone. I feel fortunate to have known him. My condolences Erica Bloom

Sam and Allison - 19 days ago

Dear Faige, Leonard, Lydia and Family: I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Mike was truly an exceptional person. I fondly remember the many conversations I shared with him. He always showed such youthful exuberance over the simple things in life and he shared that enthusiasm with all. He will be sorely missed. Sam and Allison

Michael Flanders - 20 days ago

Dear Faige and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I have the most cherished memories of Michael. He was a gentle, humble and loving man with a glowing spirit, a beautiful smile and a genuine interest in anybody who had the good fortune to have known him. He will live on as an inspiration to all of us and as a memory of a beautiful human being. Sincerely, Michael Flanders

Willem WESTENBERG - 20 days ago

Mrs PINKAS, Leonard and Lydia - I am very sorry for the loss of your husband and father Mr PINKAS. He was a lovely person - always with a twinkle in his eye and a mischievous smile, ready to talk and reflect. He was a calm, wise man who had seen so much and was a good teacher. I will miss Mr PINKAS. I am sure that your good memories of Mr PINKAS will bring you much comfort and joy for years to come. Please accept my most heartfelt condolences.

Bernice Kerzner - 20 days ago

Dear Faige and family - so sorry to hear of Michael's passing. He was a kind and gentle soul. I will always have fond memories from years ago. May he rest in peace.

Emanuel Lowi - 20 days ago

Dear Lenny, I always think about tour father when I walk down Stanley Street between Saint Catherine and the old Dorchester. He was always very sweet and I will miss him. Please accept my sympathy.

Anthony Zebrowski-Rubin - 20 days ago

Dear Faige, Lydia, Leonard and all the family. I am very sorry for your loss. Mike was as rare as a human being as they come. He touched everyone with his spirit, energy, humbleness, strength, courage and tenacity. Yet despite everything life that was thrown at Mike he never lost his curiosity of all his qualities. Mike was a model for us all and he will be sorely be missed. Love Anthony

ian craft - 20 days ago

My condolences to you and your family.

Molly Wolanski - 20 days ago

Dear Faigie and Family. My sincere condolences on the loss of your beloved Mike. May you cherish the fond memories that you shared as a family sustain you during these difficult times. I always enjoyed when I would meet you both with our mutual friend Frieda. Molly

Luana Fruchter - 20 days ago

Dear Lenny and Family. I remember your dad from our childhood days going to elementary school. My deepest condolences.

Dorit Levi - 20 days ago

Dear Lydia and Pinkas family: It has been a very long time since I have seen mr Pinkas and the whole family, but I have the greatest memories of spending a lot of time with you all. Mostly, I remember every Sunday at Plattsburgh Beach. It was like being away on vacation each week. Your parents made it so special, always bringing the best meals and snacks from your father’s snack bar. Always so kind and generous. Thanks to these beautiful memories, I continue to go with my family to the same beach every summer, and think of the great years we had together. I am heartbroken that your father has passed away. He was a true gentleman. I pray he rests in peace. Thinking of you all at this sad time. Dorit.

Hannah and Bill Lewkowict - 20 days ago

Dear Faige, Leonard and Heidi, Lydia and Maurice. Bill and I are still in shock and so sorry for your tragic loss of Michael. A lifetime of connection and sharing our joy and sorrow through the years. Michael was always a positive and giving person finding a solution to all that came along in his lifetime, always telling us that tomorrow will be a better day. Losing a friend is not easy and we will always remember his spirit and positive disposition. He always saw the good in people . He loved his family and devoted his entire life to all of you with honesty and passion and love. May all your cherished memories you shared with Michael bring you some comfort at this most difficult time in your lives. Rest in Peace Michael, we will miss you . Hannah and Bill.

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Warren Baer - 20 days ago

Dear Faige, Leonard, and Lydia. We extend our sincere condolences to you and your family upon the passing of such a warm and special man. Each time that we met him it was evident that he was such a kind gentle soul. May his memory be a blessing, Elaine and Warren

Guy Korngold - 20 days ago

Dearest Faige, Twelve years ago we were fortunate enough to move in to a home across the street from you and Michael. I’ll never forget the day we all first met. You and Michael so warm and welcoming. Michael immediately reminded me of my grandfather, who was also named Michael. I was immediately struck by Michaels’ sincerity, warmth, good looks, and smile. Daniel and Mia were always so excited to see you and Michael and it wasn’t just because you always brought them chocolate! You and Michael were always so warm and endearing and so sincerely interested in the kids and their everyday accomplishments. The kids and I were all in awe of Michaels’ green thumb and gorgeous Magnolia tree that was always so perfectly pruned. Even after we moved to a new home around the corner, nothing made us happier then bumping into you and Michael while you were on one of your long walks; both of you the picture of the most loving and supportive couple. Erica, Daniel, Mia and I are so sorry for your loss. Know that we all miss Michael very much and that we wish we could mourn with you. With love, Guy.

Talya Rubin - 20 days ago

Dear Faige, Lydia, Leonard and family, I am deeply sorry for your loss. it is rare to come across a human being like Mike Pinkas. He was kind, sweet, gentle and strong, with a warmth that seemed to pour out effortlessly and a light in his eyes that was always shining on all of us. Every time he saw you it was a greeting with open arms, asking after everyone’s wellbeing. Surviving the kind of adversity he experienced and coming through stronger is a testament to his humanity, he has always been an inspiration to me, a living example of true character. I’m so proud of who you were Mike and will always be, because what you lived with such simplicity and grace is in all you touched. I was honoured to call you my uncle and we are all deeply fortunate to have known you. Sending love to the entire family from Australia.

Norma Lehrer - 20 days ago

Dear Faige, My heart goes out to you on the loss of your beloved Mike. I will always remember his kindness, sense of humour and ready smile, He was a true gentleman and a wonderful neighbour. May your cherished memories comfort and sustain you today and always. My thoughts are with you. Fondly, Norma

Golda Schwimmer - 20 days ago

Dear Faigie and family, I would like to express my sincere condolences for your enormous loss. Take comfort in his memory and in the knowledge that he was loved and respected by many. May you be spared further sorrow.

susan doubilet - 21 days ago

We am so very sad to hear about Mike, darling Mike, passing away. He was such a kind, good person. Our thoughts are with all the family and especially with you, dear Faige. Susan and Gernot

Willie and Elaine - 21 days ago

Dear Faige and the entire Pinkas and Rubin families, We send you our condolences and add, that it is no exaggeration to say that we share in your loss. He was a beautiful human being. In writing this we can say words do not fail us . They are all contained in his family's eulogy on this page. The words describe him exactly as he was known to all . When we wonder how people can overcome adversity with grace, we need only look to Michael Pinkas. He was a special and extraordinary man who will be remebered by all who had the privilege to know him. We have been enriched by his presence among us. With much fondness, Elaine and Willie

Zarya Rubin - 21 days ago

Dearest Faige , Leonard, Lydia, and my entire family. It is with such great sadness that I send you love from across the country, wishing I could be there to mourn this great loss. My uncle was an extraordinary human being who survived unthinkable circumstances and yet remained the happiest person I have ever known - I never saw him without a smile on his face and the kindest words for me and my daughter and everyone he met. As not just my uncle but my mother's neighbors for over 45 years, you have been such a close part of our lives and we will miss Mike greatly. I can't even fathom it. With sadness and love, Zarya, Nick & Azalea

Vicki Barkoff - 21 days ago

I lament the loss of an extraordinary human being who brought joy wherever he went. It was a privilege to have known him. He will be missed.

Neil & Tansy Craft - 21 days ago

Dear Pinkas family, Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of your husband and father. He was an extremely kind and gentle man and a great father. I enjoyed all the time I used to spend in your home and remember it with great fondness. May you cherish his memory always and may it be a blessing to you. And may you be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.