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Obituary for Dr. Joel Marvin Niznick

Dr Joel Marvin Niznick

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our much-loved, Dr. Joel Niznick, on Friday, April 8, 2022, after a courageous battle with cancer. He will be dearly missed by his wife Dr. Barbara Power, their three children Harrison, Liam and Dr. Naomi Niznick; his siblings Judi Donoff (his twin sister), Sharon Glass (Arnold Glass) and Dr. Gerald Niznick (Reesa Niznick); his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Dr. Ellen Power, Mary Power, Edward Power, Dr. P.J. Powers (AnneMarie Tallent) and George Power (Lorraine Vardy); and all his beautiful nieces and nephews. 
Joel was born in Fort Frances, Ontario and was raised in Winnipeg. He completed his Medical school at the University of Manitoba, his Internal medicine training in Toronto and his Cardiology subspecialty training in Ottawa. Joel was a visionary – his moto was stay in the present but keep your eye on the future. He led the development of the Ottawa Cardiovascular Centre (OCC), one of Ontario’s most advanced Cardiology care providers. Joel was a strong advocate and champion for excellence and continuity in patient care and he built leading educational and implementation tools for patients and physicians ( Joel was a vital link in building community-academic hospital bridges, and he was a former board member of the Ontario Association of Cardiologists. It was his life’s pleasure and honour to take care of his patients. 

Joel’s interests were broad and varied from medicine to red wine, cooking, golf, and traveling and he had a lifelong passion for music, architecture, and design. He embraced each pursuit with depth and enthusiasm. His greatest love was his family and children who loved him as a husband, father, brother and friend. 

Joel faced his illness with resilience and optimism. The world has lost an extraordinary and admirable man who will be deeply missed. 

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Drs. John Hilton; Robert McCrae, Vidya Screenivasen; Mark Nassim and Ed Fitzgibbon, and all the staff and especially the nurses at the Rehabilitation Centre and the Medical Oncology ward for their excellent and attentive care. 

A funeral service was held  at the Jewish Memorial Chapel, 1771 Cuba Avenue, Ottawa on Monday April 11, 2022 at 2pm.  To view a recording of the service please click  on the following link:  View Livestream of the service for Dr. Joel Niznick .    In lieu of flowers donations to Jewish Family Services or the Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre, Spinal Cord Unit, would be appreciated by the family.  When donating to the hospital please be sure to specify where you wish the donation to be directed.