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Seymour Mender

Seymour Mender

Saturday, February 28th, 1953 - Tuesday, August 11th, 2020
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It is with profound sadness that we announce the untimely passing of Seymour Mender on August 11, 2020, at the age of 67. Beloved husband and best friend of Joy Mender for 51 years. Devoted, committed and loving father of Jess (Sean Timsit), David (Sarah Peltz), and Jared (Leah). Proud and cherished Zaidie to Liv and Joey. Dear son of the late Samuel and Helen Mender. Loving brother of Anne (Phil Morganstein) and brother-in-law to Sharon (David Appotive). Seymour will be sadly missed by his nieces and nephews Ryan (Yoni), Brayden, Cole, Jaye, Brody, Tamara (Greg Singer) and Logan.
Seymour will be remembered for his integrity and professionalism, with a sense of humour and always a story to tell. He worked as a lawyer for 40 years, providing tireless service to his clients. He remained deeply connected to the Ottawa Jewish community and served on the Boards of Directors for Hillel Academy and Hillel Lodge. Most importantly, his life was devoted to his family, whom he cherished and loved deeply. His immediate and extended family were blessed to share his life and to learn from his unending selflessness, generosity, and love. They will continue to live life in Seymour’s honour.
Due to COVID restrictions, a private graveside service will be held at the Jewish Memorial Gardens, Bank Street. Private Shiva to be observed. Donations in his memory may be made to Hillel Lodge – Biking for Bubbies (613-728-3900). Arrangements in the care of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry.

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www.hpmcgarry.ca
613-233-1143


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Jacqueline Kuehl

Posted at 10:30am
Mender family,
We just learned today of the passing of one of the most professional, kind and selfless human beings on this plant, our dear Seymour. I met Seymour very early in my legal career when I was purchasing my first home. For over 20 years, Seymour was our family lawyer, arranging for estate planning and conducting real estate transactions for us and for our parents and children. He took such an interest in our lives and well-being, frequently meeting us at a local Tim Horton's to spare my elderly parents the drive into the downtown core. He was delighted to meet with my niece who was considering law school so that he could share his experiences with her and guide her. I was always proud to recommend friends and other lawyers to him, and every single one of them thanked me profusely for the reference to such a professional, intelligent, practical and kind human being. He was funny, empathetic, kind and just one of the best people I have ever known. Our hearts go out to you all in such a difficult time and I am sorry to not have known sooner. I hope his cherished memory lives on and brings you comfort - I know it does for us.
Jacqueline and Joseph Kuehl
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Katherine Livingstone

Posted at 10:09pm
Dear Joy and family,
It has been over 40 years since Seymour and I spent the year working together as articling students. We had a great year and I could not have asked for a better person with whom to share the articling gig. We kept in touch fairly regularly until I moved to Mississauga in 1986 and unfortunately after that the contact was very intermittent. I remember popping unannounced into his office the last time about 10 years ago. As ever he was the same old warm welcoming Seymour, filling me in on his family and asking about mine.
I was so sadden to hear of his untimely passing. Seymour was truly a lovely man. I hope the burden of your grief is lifted in time through your many memories. Please accept my condolences.

Katherine Livingstone



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Ivan Atkinson

Posted at 10:33am
Deepest Sympathies to the Mender Family. I just found out about his passing, when calling the his office this morning. He was our Family Lawyer for many years, truly the Salt of the Earth. He had a great sense of humour and he will be dearly missed.

Ivan Atkinson and Family
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Judith Slipacoff

Posted at 08:42pm
Dear Joy and Family -devastated by the loss of Seymour, too young. A real Mensch who gave his best to his clients and to the Community. He will be truly missed by all of us. With deepest condolences and wishing you all Long Life.
Sincerely,
Harvey and Judith Slipacoff
KB

Kay Bencze

Posted at 06:00pm
Dear Joy and family,
Please accept our deepest condolences for the loss of your beloved husband. Thinking of you at this difficult time.
Kay & Steven Bencze
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