I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to the family of Shabtai (Sam) Lifshitz, who passed away on July 9.
Sam was a constituent and a neighbour who made his mission as a Holocaust survivor to regularly scan the different news media and send out mass e-mails of articles he felt people should read, often with his own personal commentary. Whenever I would run into him we always had an interesting and animated discussion on the topics of the day.
As a city councillor, Sam would call or e-mail me often with his concerns in the district. But he also added suggestions -often very good ones. He attended my Town Hall meetings and always tried to get a seat in the front row.
Over the last few years Sam suffered very serious back issues to the point where walking had become very difficult. He did not look for any sympathy and whether it was attending meetings or walking to to our pool, he made the effort,
Sam will be deeply missed by his wife of fifty-five years Tzipora (Fany), a retired school teacher and wonderful lady. He was the cherished father and father-in-law of Yael and Jay Lipman; Mitchell Lifshitz and Sarah Bloomfield, grandfather of Jesse, Daniel and Riley.
Funeral services were on July 11. Shiva is at his home, from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. daily. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Beit Halochem - Aid to Disabled Veterans of Israel, (905) 695-0611 or visit www.beithalochem.ca or to the Association for the Welfare of Soldiers in Israel, (514) 738-2858 or visit www.asicanada.org.