May 15, 1915- Oct 8, 2012 Died peacefully with his daughter Felicia Folk and his son Harold Folk at his side. Sadly missed by his brother Ben, son-in-law Alan Farber, daughter-in-law Kathryn West-Folk, grandchildren Jessica Folk-Farber (Les Grad), Alexander Farber, Kyra Folk-Farber, Adam Folk (Justine), Alisa (Brandon Segal) and Nicholas Folk, and his great-grandchildren Sammy and Miri Grad. Also survived by his brother Yakov in Israel. Predeceased by his sisters Pola, Chana and Sabina. Izak was born to Asher and Dvorah in Tyzowce, Poland, and was a soldier in the Polish army, going into battle in 1939 on horseback and with a sword for a weapon. After the quick defeat of the Polish army, he fought with the Russian army against Germany. Just after the war, he met Lilli Lewin, who had survived in a labour camp in Siberia. From the day they were married in December 1945, Izak and Lilli were completely devoted to each other. They came to Vancouver as refugees in 1948 with their baby daughter and helped to build a new community of young Jewish refugees from Europe, all of whom had lost families and friends in the Holocaust. Like all these young men and women, Izak and Lilli spoke no English, and had had their schooling interrupted by war. They took the jobs they could find, they built new lives, and made sure their children were educated. Izak and Lilli became successful new Canadians, embracing this country with passion and gratitude, but they never forgot the world and the people they had lost. During their 64 years together, Izak and Lilli built a business, travelled, and loved their families deeply. Their grandchildren and great-grandchildren were their pride and joy. Izak lost his beloved Lilli on Feb 14, 2009. He missed her terribly and was profoundly sad from the day she died. He was able to live at home until his death at 97 thanks to his caregiver Sheryl Daleon. Thanks also to Dr. Stanley Sunshine. Funeral services were at the Schara Tzedeck cemetery. Donations in his memory to the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre or the Jewish Family Service Agency would be appreciated.
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Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Oct. 16, 2012