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ORENSTEIN, Charles ("Chuck")
Passed away on October 18, 2012 at Toronto General Hospital, two weeks short of his 96th birthday. An insupportable loss to his deeply beloved wife of 67 years, Mary; to his children Ronald and Eve; to his daughter-in-law Eileen and son-in-law Clyde; to his grandchildren Marc, Reesa, Randall, Jennifer, Adrienne, Fiona, Bryan and Davin; to his great- grandchildren Leila, Ryan and Royce; to his surviving brothers Samuel, Benson and Bernard; and to the many relatives and friends he helped and encouraged through his long, successful and exemplary life. There never was a finer man, a kinder and more loving husband, or a better or more supportive father. After leaving school early to support his beloved mother and serving as a navigator in the Royal Canadian Air Force in WWII, he went on to a long and distinguished business career. With his brothers, he founded Seaway Hotels, Consolidated Hotel Management and the Orenstein Capital Group. He became the first Jewish President of the Kingston Chamber of Commerce. In 1945 he met his future wife Mary Monnes, and proposed to her the next day. After a brief courtship, he and Mary went on to one of the longest, happiest and most serene of marriages. Throughout his life, his brilliance and his intense capacity for hard work were directed at only one aim: providing the best life possible for his wife, his children and his grandchildren. He pursued that goal, successfully, up to the last few days of his life, working at his office long after most men would have gone on to a well-earned retirement. He touched the lives of many, and he led a life of dedication, strength and love. His family, and the many people that loved him for his sparkle, his goodness, his humour, his open-hearted friendship, and his generosity, will never forget him. May we live by his example. His family offers heartfelt thanks to the staff of the cardiac unit of Toronto General Hospital, who struggled so hard on his behalf in his last days of life. Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, October 21 at Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin), at 2:30 PM. Interment will be at Beth Tzedec Memorial Park.
Published in National Post on Oct. 20, 2012
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