MINDEN, Dr. Harold Allen - Peacefully at St. Michael's Hospital on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 at age 85, surrounded by his dearly loved family and in the hearts of countless friends, students and colleagues. Born August 8, 1923 in Toronto, loving son of the late Lillian Berenbaum and Paul Weinstein and brother to the late Tillie Mandell; beloved husband of 62 years to Maxine, cherished father to Karen (Harvey Schipper), Nancy (David Honsberger) and Marilyn (Marty Cutler); adored grandfather of Kaleb (Katy Graham), Rachel, Michael, Elyse (Ryan Power), Jonathan, Asher and Kaitlin. The owner of a successful leather manufacturing business, Harold sold the company at age 40 and went back to school to earn his Masters and PhD degrees in Psychology from York University, subsequently becoming a member of the faculty. His wide-ranging interests in learning disabilities, parenting and fatherhood, sports psychology, stress management, marriage preparation and the power of positive thinking were grounded in his love and concern for the institution of the family. He was a well-loved teacher, supervisor and counsellor, heavily involved in the creation of the Integra Foundation and Camp Towhee, founder of the Learning Disability programme at York University, author of the parenting book, 'Two Hugs for Survival', sports psychologist for several Canadian Olympic teams. He was a passionate advocate for stress management and personally demonstrated his belief in the power of positive thought. Harold will always be remembered for his profound love of family, his heartwarming smile and embrace, his superb sense of humour, his gracious and generous hospitality, and his determination to see the positive in everyone. He had deep appreciation and gratitude for life, making everyone he met feel special. Harold lived his life to make this world a better place. Thank you to the outstanding staff of the Palliative Care Unit at St. Michael's Hospital, and loving appreciation to Nanette Borja for her longstanding devoted service and friendship. The funeral service will be held at Holy Blossom Temple on Friday, February 20 (contact Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel at 416-663-9060 for details) followed by interment at Beth Tzedec Memorial Park. Shiva will be held at 407 Walmer Road from 7-8:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, February 21-22. The family will also receive visitors from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday. Donations in Harold's honour can be made to the Harold and Maxine Minden Music Enrichment Fund at Baycrest Centre, 3560 Bathurst Street, Toronto M6A 2E1, www.baycrest.org
, 416-785-2875 or St. Michael's Hospital Palliative Care Unit, 30 Bond Street, Toronto M5B 1W8, www.stmichaelshospital.com
Published by Toronto Star on Feb. 19, 2009.