Michel Tapiero papa papi
Dearest husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He was a force of nature, jolly, loving and bigger than life. He loved his family from the depths of his soul and heart, and lived and breathed to make life wonderful for everyone around him. He was, and is still, known for his warmth, his love of people, his communities. He is known for loving to meet people, hearing about their lives, and exchanging stories and jokes, with deep sweeping laughter that raised the energy so high up to the heavens and back down again.
Papa and Papi, as his respective children and grandchildren called him, knew him as the most caring, get it done, let’s be together father, day in day out. He called and knew where we were at all times, asking if we needed something. He was happy, loving, purposeful, idealistic, humorous, and a bon vivant. He wanted to take care of everybody and succeeded in doing so on almost every occasion.
Michel grew up in Casablanca Morocco, married his first love Monique Benisty and moved to France for his studies but then moved to Vancouver to pursue his MBA.
In Subsequent years, he moved to Montreal, and then Ottawa where he married Madeleine Bensoussan. He headed the Sephardic association of Quebec in the 90s, was president and founder of the Ottawa Sephardi association for years, and an excellent man of community and organizational ability. He took these abilities to and from his work, first at the Canadian government and then at WUSC, the international NGO. There he worked around the world and headed the South America and Middle East departments. There he met his wife Pitty Rosa Montalvo.
He is survived and beloved by his wife, his four children and four grandchildren, his three sisters and many nephews and nieces, and many friends.
Graveside Service will be held at the Jewish Memorial Gardens, 2692 Bank Street, on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 1 p.m.