MILAVSKY, Harold Phillip
1931 - 2012
It is with great sadness that the family of Harold Phillip Milavsky announce that he passed away peacefully on December 4, 2012, in Calgary, Alberta with his children, Charlene, Roxanne, Gregory, Abbie and Carrie, and his sister Jean, by his side. He was 81 years of age. He leaves many loving memories with his family and especially his twelve grandchildren.
The family would like to thank all his caregivers and the professionals at Rockyview General Hospital who helped care for him over the last years and weeks.
Harold P. Milavsky was born in Limerick, Saskatchewan on January 25, 1931, the youngest of six children of Jack and Clara Milavsky. He moved with his family to Saskatoon when he was a young child and he graduated from the College of Commerce at the University of Saskatchewan. He married Miriam Shugarman from Edmonton, Alberta, on September 5, 1954 and they settled in Calgary in 1956.
After winning the Gold Medal for the highest marks on his chartered accountant examination, he joined Mannix Co. Ltd. as Chief Accountant and Controller in 1956. From 1965 to 1969, he was CFO of Power Corp. Developments and in 1969 he began a long and successful career in real estate development with companies that ultimately became Trizec Corporation, where he served as President, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Harold achieved a level of success in his business endeavors that far exceeded his own expectations. He served as a member of the board of directors of over 30 companies and a multitude of community, charitable and non-profit organizations.
Harold particularly enjoyed his role with the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics where, among other things, he served as Chairman of the Festival of Lights and he was a proud director of the Calgary Stampede. He served as a director and Chairman of Tennis Canada and played a key role in the development of the Rexall Centre and the Tennis Canada Centre of Excellence. He was a strong supporter of Jewish causes throughout his life including serving on the board of the Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs. He was an Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the 14th Service Battalion.
Harold received many honours for his life's work, including two honourary Doctor of Law degrees, receipt of the B'nai Brith Award of Merit and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta. Recently, he was inducted into the Canadian Tennis Hall of Fame in the Builder category (because habitual lobbers are not generally inducted into the Player category) and he was Honorary Captain of the Davis Cup team, having been instrumental in bringing Davis Cup competition to Calgary.
Throughout his life, he enjoyed outdoor activities, especially skiing, tennis and horseback riding. He spent countless hours with his family skiing at Sunshine Village in Banff and walking on the beach in Palm Beach, Florida. He was also a daily fixture at 5:00 a.m. at the YMCA, where he was a member for more than 50 years.
Harold was predeceased by his brothers David and Sam and his sisters Mollie and Anne. He will be fondly remembered by his sister Jean Bortnick of Vancouver and by his children Charlene (Gerry) Molotsky, Roxanne Milavsky, Gregory (Andrea) Milavsky, Abbie Milavsky (Dan Jepsen) and Carrie (Mitchell) Brody and his grandchildren Alex, Baily, Jill, Ben, Riley, Callie, Ethan, Lily, Mollie, Curtis, Harry and Zoë.
Funeral Services were held at the Beth Tzedec Synagogue (1325 Glenmore Trail S.W., Calgary) yesterday, December 6, 2012. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Society of Calgary (Phone 403-290-0110), the Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre (Phone 403-266-3600) and Jewish Family Services (Phone 403-287-3510). Arrangements in care of the CHEVRA KADISHA OF CALGARY, Phone: 403-244-4717.
Published in The Calgary Herald from Dec. 6 to Dec. 7, 2012