Ben Sperer

Funeral Service: Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Private Graveside
Shiva: Strictly Private Shiva. Thank you for respecting the family's wishes.
Donations:
Canadian Associates Of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, (514) 937-8927,  or to the Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors, (514) 734-1825

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Rachel Alkallay - 3 days ago

Dear Stephen, Gabriella, Nancy, Alan, Leela, and grandchildren, I was heartbroken to learn of Ben's passing, at the ripe age of 100 and 38 days, which were not long enough years for Ben, who still had so much to give to the world. A gentleman of the old school, with the manners and discretion of those long ago days. Ben was in his late eighties when we met, yet there was nothing old about him. He was sharp in mind and wit, always a delight to be around. And his late-blooming literary talents in his short stories were intelligent, surprising, with a wonderful wisdom reminiscent of the great short-story writers of previous generations. Hard to believe there will be no new stories forthcoming from the pen of Ben Sperer, z'l. Like all who knew him, we thought Ben would always be there. Sadly, that cannot be. He continues to live on in the memories of the hundreds of people whose lives he touched, and in the larger audience who came to appreciate his writing talents. He leaves behind only good memories of a life well lived. May you and your family be spared any further sorrow. Rachel

Gurit Lotan - 3 days ago

To the family of Ben Sperer, I have only known Ben for a short time, as a relatively new member of CABGU. My first thought after I having learned of his passing was: I felt as if I've known him forever !! He was just so engaging, so full of life and it seemed like he could not be stopped. I will miss him at our meetings and his spy stories at MCLL. My deepest condolences. Gurit Lotan

Gerard Battika - 6 days ago

Le consulat général de la Turquie à Québec présente ses sincères Condoléances à la famille Ben Spere mes chaleureuses pensées vous accompagnent et je vous souhaite bon courage Consul general honoraire de la Turquie a Quebec Gerard Battika

Bradley Brodkin - 6 days ago

Dear Stephen, I’m so sorry to hear of your dads passing. I remember him well from our childhood, he (and your late mother) were both very kind people that loved you very much and very nice to all of us May he test in peace and his memory be a blessing to you all -Bradley and Joanne Brodkin

Moris Fresko - 7 days ago

My condolences to the Sperer family and friends. Mr. Ben Sperer was a close friend of my parents Sevim and Mordo Fresko (both deceased). On many occasions, I drove him and my parents to the activities of Turquebec, a Turkish social and cultural association. I also had the pleasure of meeting him at my parents’ house. I enjoyed seeing him and talking to him at every occasion. He was an elite gentleman. May he rest in peace. He will be remembered fondly.

Raizell, Eli & Philip Unger - 7 days ago

We were saddened to hear of Ben's passing. We knew him as Rosette's companion, and as a kind, gentle and erudite man. Our deepest condolences.

Don Rubin - 7 days ago

Dear Stephen and family, please accept my sincere condolences on your loss. May the memories of happy and loving times spent together over the years bring you comfort.

Dr. Neomi Kronish and Dr. Tiiu poldma - 8 days ago

It is with great sadness that we learned of Ben Sperer’s passing today. Ben graciously participated in a storytelling project that we led several years ago. This was meaningful not only for us, the high school student he told his stories and adventures to but to all who participated in the project. His life’s stories live on in a book we put together. May these memories live on and give you solace in the days and years to come.

Sari Hornstein - 8 days ago

My brother and I both had the pleasure of meeting Ben on several occasions. He was a man of great charm, erudition, and curiosity; a wonderful conversationalist and a very thoughtful person. And we hardly really knew him! Condolences to family and friends who will feel his absence keenly, but who will also keep his memory strong and alive.

Simon Bensimon - 9 days ago

Dear Family, I had the pleasure and privilege of befriending Ben in my capacity of Director of the Montreal Chapter of the Canadian Associates of Ben-Gurion University. Ben was a true "renaissance man" - he delighted us with his knowledge, charm and wit. He was so proud of being associated with BGU and never missed a Board meeting whether in person and more recently on zoom. He was always a source of positivity and for me personified what a long and productive life looks like. We were also fortunate to celebrate his 100th birthday with him and create a number of scholarships in his honour at BGU. May his memory always be a blessing.

Kelly Epstein - 9 days ago

Ben was a patient of mine at the RVH. In the short time that we got to know him, we were all blown away by his friendly demeanour and his love for life. He will surely be missed. My condolences to the family. Written on behalf of the Geriatrics team at the RVH.

Sheryl Shuchat - 9 days ago

Dear Sperber family, Sincere condolences are extended to you . Several years ago, Ben eloquently spoke at our Shaar Hashomayim Jewish study group. We were impressed by his congeniality, prodigious memory and knowledge. May wonderful memories of Ben bring you comfort at this sad time.

Gila Sperer & André Scialom - 9 days ago

We very much regret we couldn’t be there. Thinking of you. With deepest sympathy, Gila, André, Constantine and Laura

Danielle Buch - 10 days ago

Dear Nancy and family, So sorry to hear. I remember reading about him not so long ago, that at the age of 100, he was still giving lectures. A fine gentleman, a family man, quiet and intellectual. He and my Dad were good friends, in addition to the close link we had with Rosette. Condolences to the whole family. Danielle, Gerry, and family

Canan Cili - 10 days ago

Dear Sperer family, I send my deepest condolences on his loss. It’s a great sadness for me. I met Ben one of his wonderful lectures at MCLL in 2015.Since then every month we’re talking about Istanbul and Burgaz island where I was born in too..He had an amazing memory, I was from different generation but we shared all our unforgettable memories with his amazing stories and jokes. I will never forget his smiling and kindness. He will be missed a lot . May he Rest In Peace .

Elyse Rosen - 10 days ago

Dear Sperer family, I had the pleasure of meeting Ben as a volunteer for FCJA making check in calls to seniors. Ben was an absolute delight and we became fast friends. He could regale me for hours with stories of his past and his views on everything from politics, to writing, to the arts. My great regret is that I never got the opportunity to meet him in person or to receive a copy of the anthology of short stories that he wanted to share with me when he could give it to me personally. I will remember him fondly.

The Cummings Center Creative Writers group - 10 days ago

The Creative Writers group wish to express our condolence to Ben’s family and friends. Ben paricipated in our get-togethers as a revered and honoured member. His writings were much anticipated and inspirational. Ben’s latest books (Let Me Tell You, Bks 1 and 2) are a collection of stories based on his imagination and personal experiences. Ben's witings are available by following the link, https://www.amazon.ca/s?k=ben+sperer&rh=n%3A927790&ref=nb_sb_noss

Jason and Frima Ruby - 10 days ago

We extend our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Ben. We met through Rosette and enjoyed many occasions with them. We admired Ben for his wide knowledge of so many things,his elegance and sense of humour..Jason attended many of his lectures at Cumming Center and learned a lot. May He Rest in Peace. Frima and Jason

Rona Shefler - 10 days ago

From Ben's Creative Writing Group Never one to show fear of the blank page or signs of age. Where others feared to tread he took the road ahead, walked straight and tall, spoke history with total recall. Volumes of words at his fingertips, not to mention the weekly quips. He filled pages galore, with mysteries and more, helping me on with my coat as we went to the door. offering coffee to everyone, always the gentleman bar none. Having him in our midst was a cherished and treasured gift. Happy travels old boy and thank you for all the joy. We will miss you at the table.

len shugar - 10 days ago

Dear Stephen and family i send my sincere condolences to all of you. Ben was a pure gentleman, i have been a neighbor of him for around 20yrs and i always looked forward to cross paths with him early in the mornings his smile and his words helped me to enjoy and tackle my health issues. may the memories that you have of him will stay with you forever leonard shugar

Sheila and Arthur Greenspoon - 10 days ago

Dear Sperer and Donenfeld families, We met Ben when he was dating our then next door neighbour, Rosette. We continued our friendship over the years , including many dinners together until last year. We spoke to him not so long ago to congratulate him on his 100th birthday. He was a gentleman and a great conversationalist. We’ll miss his company. Sheila and Arthur Greenspoon

Jack Singer - 10 days ago

Dear Stephen, Gaby and family, Our deepest condolences on the loss of your father and father in law. On reading the highlights of his life, it appears that he was a brilliant man who took every opportunity that life offered and did it with excellence. May his memory be a blessing. Barbara and Jack Singer

TzipieFreedman - 10 days ago

Deepest condolences to the Sperer family on the passing of Ben. He was an outstanding speaker at our former FAB (Fifty and Beyond) group at Act to End Violence Against Women. May his memory be for a blessing.

Bonnie Marcus - 11 days ago

Dear Nancy and Family, So sorry to read about Ben’s passing. He was a true gentlemen. Kind and caring. It was always a pleasure to chat with him. Always left learning something and always mentioned my mom. Heartfelt sympathies Bonnie and Jeff Marcus

Pearl Adams - 11 days ago

my sincere sympathy on the death of Ben Sperer.. He was a giant of a man. I met him at my late husband Robert Adams’ lectures. His legacy as a unique brilliant individual who lived life to the fullest & gave so much pleasure to so many will live on with all who were privileged to know him. Pearl Adams

Pearl Adams - 11 days ago

To the Speer & Donenfeld Families,

Robert Presser - 11 days ago

Dear Sperer and Donenfeld families, On behalf of my parents, Rhoda and Steve, we send our deepest condolences to you on Ben`s passing. Ben and Rosette became friends with my parents about thirty years ago, and I enjoyed his company at dinner parties, social gatherings and special events organized by my family. I spoke to Ben quite often at length, and enjoyed his elegance, breadth of knowledge and genuine interest in discussion and debate. Always well dressed, he embodied a sophistication of a bygone era that I admired. He touched our lives for many years and I can only imagine what a blessing he was to your families.

Tyra Moscovitch - 11 days ago

Dear Stephen, Gaby and family, My sincere condolences to your family. I hope that your father's tenacity and kind spirit will be felt always. Tyra

Estie Kleinfeld - 11 days ago

Dear Gila, Deanna and family.. My condolences on the passing of your uncle Ben. Thinking of you, Estie

L stelzer - 11 days ago

We will miss your intelligence and sense of humour

Luni Bendayan - 11 days ago

Dear Family I had the honor and privilege to work with Ben at Cummings. He taught for us for several years. We were in awe of him. Not a note in hand when he gave his class. But more then that was his refinement. What a lovely person. My condolences. May you be comforted among the mourners of Zion

Judy Litvack - 11 days ago

Dear Stephen and family, There are no words to adequately describe Ben Sperer, and yet at the same time so many words... I knew Ben through his wonderful lectures at MCLL, and immediately upon meeting him,I recognized his uniqueness, his charm, his dignity, and. his empathy, I was drawn to his precious gift of teaching and story telling.I was awed by his ability to maintain clarity, fluency, and continuity, even while generously inviting and encouraging questions from his students, to which he responded, and then returned to his presentation without skipping a beat. Ben was masterful and modest, warm and delightful in demeanor,and a very unusual educator.I think and speak of him often, and he will always hold a special place in my memory, Sending sincere condolences on his loss. Judy Litvack

Kathy Faludi + The Feigenbaum family - 11 days ago

To the Sperer family, We got to know Ben over the past dozen or so years as he was a regular companion to our matriarch Kathy Faludi. They became great friends over the years through their love of swimming, reading and conversation. He was always a kind, gentle and thoughtful man who became an integral part of our family during holidays and various simchas. He will be deeply missed by us all and we wish you and your family peace in knowing that he lived an incredibly full and wonderful life. Ben touched many people with his various public speaking engagements across the globe, but his humanity was what set him apart. A true gentleman and scholar. May he rest in peace.

Katie Schachter - 11 days ago

We were so sorry to hear of Ben’s passing.He was such a special man, so knowledgeable, a true gentleman.. Our conversations over dinner were always interesting It was an honour to be among his many friends. Our deepest sympathy to your family Bob & Katie Schachter

Denise & Stuart Goldman - 11 days ago

Dear Stephen and family, Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your dear father. May his memory and all your good times as a family get you through this most difficult time. The Goldman family.

Peter and Karen Wertheimer - 11 days ago

Dear Stephen and Family, Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your beloved father. He was truly an inspiration to all and a real gentleman. May all your memories be cherished in your hearts forever. Love, Karen and Peter

Gerry Anisman - 11 days ago

Dear Steven and Family, Our sincerest sympathies on your loss. Linda and Gerry Anisman

yael and ken feingold - 11 days ago

Dear family , very sad about the passing of Ben. For many years he was part of our celebrations of holidays and other Simchas. our condolences. Yael Ken and family

Shirley Nadell - 11 days ago

Much sadness that my good friend Ben Sperer has passed away. I met Ben several years ago through our mutual Rochelle Douek as we all live at 5350! Many delicious meals were served, many events celebrated and lively informed discourse took place always. What an interesting, knowledgeable, generous and kind man! In his writing he was able to tell a compelling story from his early life in Turkey and later times in Canada. He was invited to speak to many groups in Montreal and did so until almost the very end. In these presentations he was able to cast a spell over his audience; his recall of events was rich in detail, vivid and powerful. And all this he did without notes or aids, with the exception of a map, that he would post. His energy was wonderful...early morning swims and daily walks. You would always be greeted by his warm smile and engaging conversation. I shall miss him dearly.

Deanna Seeff - 11 days ago

Many of Ben’s friends, and there were many, have commented on what a remarkable, knowledgeable and personable man he was. Indeed, he was all of those things and much more. However, to us he was “Uncle Ben”, a good-humoured avuncular figure with a twinkle in his eye and always a good story to tell. Deanna remembers him from her childhood as an elegant young man who enjoyed socialising with his wide circle of friends. We got to know him well, meeting up on his trips to London and ours to Montreal, where, over food and wine, he would regale us with his short( and long) stories, analyse international politics, review family history and generally solve the problems of the world. We both have fond memories when he joined us for the weddings of our two daughters and various BIG birthdays. We took for granted that his advancing years would never stop him from travelling to see us so we shall miss him and, particularly, the weekly calls from, as he called it “the other side”. Maybe, we will still receive them…… Deanna and Geoff

Enid Solloway-Goldberg - 11 days ago

Dear Nancy, Please accept my heartfelt condolences on your loss. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Most sincerely, Enid

Shelley Gordon - 11 days ago

Dear Nancy, Moti and family, I'm sorry to hear about Ben and am sending you my heartfelt condolences. I remember Ben well, and always enjoyed seeing him when I would come to your place for dinner. My thoughts are with you during this time of grief and loss.

Sandy & Les Pantel - 11 days ago

Dear Sperer family Even though we don’t know you personally we knew Ben through living in the same building. My wife and and I are a generation younger than him yet absolutely loved his company through conversation or just a ride up the elevator. Always immaculately dressed, always polite and the consummate gentleman, he leaves a lasting legacy to all those who were fortunate to have met him.BDH

Ida and Claude Rouben - 11 days ago

I metBen briefly one time only. I knew however, through our common friend René, that he was a very special person, an erudite who lived a long and interesting life in many respects. To his family, my wife and I extend our message of sympathy. Rest In Peace, Ben. Ida and Claude Rouben.

Ilan and Gail Hofmann - 11 days ago

Ben, you are a luminary in all that you touched. A true gentleman in the best sense, a scientist, a businessman and a good friend to us both. You will be sorely missed

mark bercuvitz - 11 days ago

Dear Family,My deepest condolences. Ben as you know was a most unique person. To me he was the "most unforgettable man" I knew. My wife and I attended many lectures of his which were delivered without a note. At one of his last he was sitting at the head of the table with his hands clasped with nothing in front of him waiting to start.. He happened to live near me so I went up to him (joking of course) and said "Ben, you forgot your notes. Would you like me to run home and get them for you?". He smiled, tapped his head, and said "don't worry. They are in here!". Another time when he was ninety nine I offered him a lift. He turned me down saying he was all set. He thought it was totally usual when he told me he would drive himself. And swimming at 540 a.m. daily!What a guy. He will be an inspiration and a warm exceptional memory for me for the rest of my life. I know his memory will be a blessing not only to family but to all who knew him. Mark and Judy Bercuvitz

Riva & Andrew Toeman - 11 days ago

Dear Nancy, Moti & family, Our sincerest condolences on your loss. A truly distinguished gentleman who lived in our apartment building. May you be spared further sorrow.

Bonnie Sandler - 11 days ago

Dear Stephen, sending you my most sincere condolences. Your father seemed like a remarkable man and surely left you with beautiful memories. May his memory be a blessing, Fondly, Bonnie

Ronald lann - 11 days ago

Stephen and Sperer family My sincere condolences on the loss of Ben. A true gentleman !

Joey Shpritser - 12 days ago

Dear Stephen and family . My deepest condolences on the passing of your father! May your many many wonderful memories be a blessing to you and yours . Joey

Jack Miller - 12 days ago

I'm very touched by the passing of a true gentleman. It was a pleasure to be with him and work with him. He leaves behind many good deeds and memories.

Jennifer Shugar - 12 days ago

Dear Stephen, Gaby, children and family. Please accept my sincerest condolences on the passing of your beloved Ben. He was a pillar of our community, so well revered, a true force. An era has passed.

Susan Puritz - 12 days ago

My sincere condolences on the passing of Ben, the epitome of a true gentle man. I was fortunate to meet him during my short tenure at CABGU. Ben made me feel welcome and always told me that my work was valued. His passing is a great loss to his family and to those who were fortunate enough to know him. May his memory be for a blessing.

Marvin Chankowsky - 12 days ago

Dear Family, My condolences on your loss of Ben. A truly remarkable & gifted human being. I first met Ben when he was with Pfizer and I cherished the time I spent with him in those years and many years later whenever we would bump into each other. His memory was second to none. A real Mench. Rest in Peace Ben

JACKIE Yarosky - 12 days ago

I'm so sorry to learn of Ben's passing. He was atruly remarkable man and will be missed by all those who had the pleasure of attending his lectures at Cummings and MCLL.

Ronnie and Merle Torchin - 12 days ago

Dear Stephen, Gabriella and family We extend our heartfelt sympathies on the passing of your remarkable father, father-in-law and grandfather. May his memory be a comfort and blessing Merle and Ronnie

Lisa Kathryn Beck - 12 days ago

My most heartfelt condolences to the family. I not only had the pleasure of working with Ben at CABGU for 13 years, he bestowed upon me the honour of being his scribe. Not only for his stories of wit & suspense but, most humbly, his fascinating life story. I can only echo what others have written; he was such a kind, gentle and interesting man. I will miss receiving his packages of beautiful cursive writing; tales of intrigue waiting to be transcribed for his writer's club. He has left a huge void for so many including myself. May his memory be a blessing to all of us.

Gerry Rudick - 12 days ago

I met Ben when he first entered a relationship with Rosette , and would see him at family affairs. He impressed me as a very bright man who had the ability to reinvent himself as his life situations changed. He became a public speaker in his later years, and through his life experiences was able to personalize and relate events that he had lived though which gave greater understanding to the people he was addressing......i.e. the events of WW2. He had an enormous amount of energy, and a terrific memory for detail.......he will surely be missed.

Heidi Fischel - 12 days ago

To the entire Sperer family, My family was fortunate to have been graced with Ben’s presence. He was a delight to be around . We all enjoyed his contribution to any conversation. He was an inspiration. Ben will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him! May his memory be a blessing to all.

Neal Sherman - 12 days ago

Cheryl and I would like to extend our deepest condolences to you, Stephen, and your entire family. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time, and may the memories of your father keep you strong.

monica margolis - 12 days ago

Dear Family, Ben was an inspiration. He was a true renaissance man. His breadth of knowledge was enormous and he had such varied interests. He lectured many times at the seniors residence where I work. He became our star speaker. The residents were in awe of his knowledge. He had a wonderful delivery and never used notes. He could talk about Napoleon, the World Wars, Turkey or read us from his many short stories. He was a kind and loving man and one of the finest people I have ever had the privilege to befriend. I am so sorry for your loss.

Mark and Edna Mendelson - 12 days ago

Dear Family Yesterday was a very very sad sad for Edna and me as a thousand watt light bulb in our lives, was finally extinguished. Our dear dear Ben left us all at slightly over 100 yrs old. Ben was one of the most remarkable friends we had- a brilliant raconteur with a sharp memory of impeccable depth, a fellow lover of good wine and food, a true marketing master and a lover of Ben Gurion University. He was a force majeur in all aspects of his life and his absence from ours, will be palpable! May all of his dear loving family and friends always be comforted by the wonderful memory of his beautiful eyes, engaging smile, genteel manner and some of the great jokes he loved to tell. We will all miss him tremendously! May his memory be a blessing- Yehee zichroh Baruch.

Naim Menda - 12 days ago

Dear Stephen and to all Bens family we wish to extend our deepest sympathy. He was truly a great human being and a gentleman. We all have special memories of him and his wonderful story telling All our love to you all Colette and Naim