HANOCH BORDAN
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BORDAN, HANOCH Hank passed away peacefully on May 1, 2020 at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. He joins his beloved wife of 27 years, Joy, who died in 2015, and leaves two daughters, Linda Hargreaves and Nancy Bordan, and a son, Robert Bordan and his wife, Tory Duignan, his grandson, Maximilian Hargreaves, granddaughter, Jacquiline Hargreaves, and step-grandson, Shaun LeClerc and his wife, Danielle Walker, and their daughters, Caitlyn and Fiona. Hank was born on March 2nd, 1929 in Montreal, second child of Abraham and Dora Bordan. He went to McGill where he studied History and then moved to New York where he became a journalist and worked for a variety of newspapers. In 1973 he moved with his wife, Bernice Bordan (deceased), and three children to Toronto and began working at the Toronto Star newspapers, where he stayed until he retired in 1989. They joined Har Zion Temple in 1973 and were active members until present day. Hank was always very active in the Jewish religion and when he moved to the Upper Beach area became a member of the Beach Hebrew Institute in the Beaches area of Toronto. He married Joy Luba in 1988 and they were inseparable until her death in February 2015. After retirement, Hank continued his passion for learning, people and his love of Judaism. He was a member of two different bridge groups, singing groups and took and taught classes at the Life Institute at Ryerson University. He led services, taught courses, and wrote books and painted. He wrote plays and acted in short plays, one even with his wife. He also loved mathematics and geometry and would attest to this every chance he got. He was a member of the Gilbert and Sullivan Society which he joined a few years ago and performed with them as well. He was a member of the Men's Bridge Club and even dressed as Santa to perform for his singing group last year. His joie de vivre was always something that people remembered him for and he will never be forgotten. He loved travelling and he and Joy travelled all over Europe and Israel several ketimes as well as took their love of travel on the Queen Elizabeth II twice over. Another passion was his eclectic and broad taste in books. Anyone who knew Hank knew his love for books and his home had many bookcases and shelves with books of history, Judaism, Sherlock Holmes, and comedy. Hank was a shining light and a tour de force. He added not only indomitable energy, but intelligence and wit and charm to any event or livingroom. He will be sorely missed. Charities were something that Hank felt strongly about. If you feel so moved, Hank's memory would be honoured by a donation to his most favourite charities: United Jewish Appeal, New Israel Fund, United Way, Amnesty International, Doctors Without Borders, John Howard Society, Canadian Wildlife Federation, or Canadian Civil Liberties Association.

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Published in Toronto Star on May 4, 2020.
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May 7, 2020
I admired Hank for his determination to live life to the fullest, his desire for knowledge, his creativity, compassion for others, love of nature, and of course, his wonderful sense of humouralways seeking the sun behind any cloud. I still hear his laughter and always will.
Loretta Swan
Friend
May 5, 2020
Hank was bigger than reality to me. He was one of the wisest men I ever had the honor of knowing. Without having to tell you, Hank was an incredible man to say the very least. I know it, and everyone that knew him knows it. To Robert and Linda, you must feel such numbness and depression at the moment. I know how you feel, and without digging to deeply into that wound, I can confidently assure you what you feel now, will eventually release it's grip. You will of course never forget your dad... his greatness and his wonderful face, but you will feel happy again without this haunting confusion you might feel now. Right now you remember your father and everything he was with tears and a thousand mile stare. But eventually, you will remember your father and everything he was with a smile. I promise. Although Hank was my step grandfather, I still called him Grandpa. He helped me in many ways, and instilled a sense of worth and curiosity within my soul. He challenged me, and always won, and taught me to understand the importance of a healthy exchange of views. Hank was there for me when I had no day care while my father was working during the day. Joy and Hank would take me for a nice walk to McDonald's in the morning which I loved so much. We would all order the 'Big breakfast', everytime, and Joy always gave away half of her scrambled eggs because she couldn't eat it all. Hank always got Joy's extra scrambled eggs, and he would tell me that he earned them which still makes me laugh to this day. He and Joy would take me to movies, he even let me watch Terminator 1 with Arnold Schwarzenegger, which he hated but sat through it anyways for me. I remember after the movie we walked by a store that I wanted to go in and in it, I saw a metal skull ring that I wanted. It was 10 dollars, I still remember that. He told me how ridiculous it was but still bought it for me anyways. He told me not to lose it, because he spent money on it. I somehow broke it that very night back at Hanks house before my father came to pick me up. My dad came and Hank said to him to wait for a few minutes because he wanted to fix it. He super glued the ring back together and we left. I loved him so much for that. I remember how happy I was. Then I broke it again the next day but never told him because I didn't want to disappoint him. Hank was stern, but deep down inside he was mush. I remember once when he hugged me as a small boy and told me he loved me. It felt like a celebrity telling me they wanted to be my friend. It's hard to explain it, but he had a certain power over me that many did not. Hank was and will always be a person to look up to, then, and deep into the future. He is a person you aspire to be. He was larger than life, and even after life he will always be a role model to myself and to many. His laughter filled the room. His words filled your mind. And his will, filled your soul. Hank was a lighthouse for many. No one can ever forget Hank that knew him. He was my Jedi Master and he will always be a legend. Hank was a peaceful man, and now that same peace has opened its doors to him and is holding him closely. He was lucky to have lived such a long, wisdom-filled life, but he was even luckier to have such great children and a wonderful wife. We miss you Hank, but we will never, ever forget you. Goodbye for now, sweet Grandpa. With the deepest of respects, Shaun Leclerc.
Shaun Leclerc
Grandchild
May 4, 2020
Although we were neighbours for more than 20 years, it was through playing bridge that we got to know each other. I enjoyed his company and I will miss him.
Sharon O'Grady
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