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Harvey HECKER

HECKER, Harvey F.C.A.
1932 - 2013
Loving brother, husband, father, and grandfather, leaves behind a rich legacy of professional success, contributions of wise counsel to Aish ha-Torah International and Aish ha-Torah Toronto, and help to countless friends and family through his patience, generosity, and devotion. Grieving are his wife Sheila, after 55 years of remarkable devotion in marriage, and children Joel and Frani, of Bala Cynwyd, PA, Gordon and Donna of Columbus, Ohio, and Karen and Jamie of Thornhill. Grandfather to Jonah, Emily, Elijah, Isaac, Razi, Kendall, Ezra, Shai, and Hanina. Brother to Sydney and Rik of Palo Alto, California, Irwin, of Rockville, Maryland, and Jack and Ronda, of Toronto. He will be remembered for his dedication to family, his religious commitments, and his charitable works. Born in Toronto to Harry and Sally Hecker, z"l, he took over large responsibility for his family at age 14 upon the death of his father. He graduated from Harbord Collegiate and pursued certification in chartered accounting at night while working days, receiving top grades in Canada in the course of his accounting studies. In the early 70's he established the Canadian arm of Laventhol, Krekstein, Horwath & Horwath, with branches in cities across Canada. He served on the executive committee of Horwath & Horwath International for 20 years. In 1989 he joined his close friends Phil Schwartz (now of Jerusalem), and Aaron Frankel, z"l, to form the investment firm Frankel, Hecker, and Schwartz. Midlife he took up a new cause, after years of being active in the Jewish community, becoming the International President of Aish ha-Torah, a position that he held for 15 years. In that capacity, he helped the yeshiva in Jerusalem professionalize their methods of assessment and fundraising, and offered counsel on many issues regarding management. He contributed his expertise to many of Aish's international branches, including Toronto, New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, and more. In these endeavors, he was mentor to dozens of rabbis around the world. In retrospect, he considered his business experience at Horwath and Horwath as training ground for his work for Aish International. Funeral service to be held at Steeles Memorial Chapel, Monday, July 8, 1 p.m.

Published in National Post on July 9, 2013
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