Melvin Nagler

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NAGLER , Melvin Aaron November 15, 1930 - July 21, 2009 Melvin A. Nagler of Calgary, Alberta passed away at the Foothills Hospital on July 21, 2009. In addition to his loving wife Therese of Calgary, Mel is survived by his children Stephen (Rosalie Sabler) Nagler of Knoxville, TN, Shelley Nagler, Robin (Ron) Perlmutter, and Jack (Ellen Scheinberg) of Toronto, ON and his brother George (Connie) Nagler of Los Angeles, CA. Mel is also survived by ten adored grandchildren: Mara and Evan Nagler of Knoxville and Benjamin, Jonah, and Daniel Marcovitch, Mindy, Dara, and Kayla Perlmutter, and Cory and Mitchell Nagler, all of Toronto. Mel was born in Calgary on November 15, 1930 to Herman and Fanny (Malkin) Nagler. He was raised in Calgary and trained with the Canadian Army Cadets while attending Central High School. He lived in Calgary for his entire life except for four years in Vancouver where he attended the University of British Columbia, graduating with a B. Comm. degree in 1953, the same year that he married Therese Ross of Seattle. Upon returning to Calgary Mel joined the family business, Nagler's Department Store, founded by his father Herman. The store was located in downtown Calgary near City Hall at the location of the present Calgary Public Library. Mel was a manager at Nagler's until 1967 when the store was closed and demolished as part of Calgary's urban renewal. Subsequently he pursued a second career as a stock broker, occasionally providing market reports on Calgary radio, and eventually retiring as a Vice President of Midland Doherty in 1988. Mel was active in the Calgary Community and among other things served as a member of the boards of the Calgary Hebrew School and Shaarey Tzedec Synagogue, as the Chairman of the Calgary JNF and the Negev Dinner, and as Vice President of the Jewish Historical Society of Southern Alberta. For many years he enjoyed various recreational activities including curling and bowling, and he was an avid sports enthusiast. He was a passionate fan of the Calgary Stampeders football club from the years preceding their first Grey Cup victory in 1948 through the most recent one in 2008. In 1986 Mel was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. His determination and optimism, coupled with outstanding medical care, allowed him to enjoy an excellent quality of life for well over two decades following his diagnosis. Since 2006 he resided at the Beverly Centre Nursing Home where he made many new friends and continued to actively enjoy life. His family is grateful to the staff at the Beverly Centre and the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Unit 57, where he received compassionate and dignified care. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made by donating to the Tom Baker Cancer Center via the Alberta Cancer Foundation ( ), to the Jewish Family Service of Calgary ( ), or to a charity of the donor's choice. Funeral Services will be held at the Jewish Memorial Chapel, (North East corner of Highway 22X and 37 Street S.W.) on Thursday, July 23, 2009 at 1:30 p.m. Graveside Service to follow at Beth Tzedec Memorial Park. Arrangements in care of the CHEVRA KADISHA of CALGARY, North East corner of Highway 22X and 37 Street S.W. Telephone: 403-244-4717.
Published in The Calgary Herald from July 22 to July 23, 2009
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