Barbara Ann Sacks
April 26, 1947 – February 23, 2021
Following a valiant encounter with cancer during this un-precedented time, we are sad to announce Barbara’s passing and well-deserved promotion to glory. Barbie was always unique and meant to be experienced rather than understood. Her outlook on life was exceptional and her laughter and sense of humour contagious. Barb suggested that although she was a robust brunette, barely clearing 5’1” that her obituary notice must open with “She was a tall, thin blonde!”
Far from a conformist and living life always on her own terms, Barbie compiled a group of loving friends who stood tirelessly at her side as she navigated her way through life. As an Executive Producer she loved the film industry and had an above and beyond skill with numbers. Her fascination with the basic science of psychiatry was only to be trumped by her passion for well-prepared tuna fish! In December Barbie returned to her family home in Apollo Beach, Florida where she spent quality time with her sister Gail (Frank), her family and life-long friends.
If Barbie had been given the opportunity to leave a legacy for future generations, it would be the ability for each person to learn to laugh at themselves. Our loss is heaven’s gain and with this well-deserved advancement, paradise instantly has become a much brighter place! Our remaining challenge is how much we will miss her!
Barbie was pre-deceased by her parents Abraham Karopkin (d. 1947), Pauline Sacks (nee Seifert), Solomon Sacks and loving brother Mal Sacks (Diane). She leaves behind her devoted sister Gail Cappiello (Frank) and brother Mark Sacks. She loved her nieces and nephews Russell Sacks (Lauren Tobe), Robin Sacks (Michael Train), Roni Sacks (Christy Pomeranz), Alan Bruckner (Melissa), Marlene Chirco (Louis), Jessica Arnold (Zev) and their children. She is forever remembered by her wonderful friends and colleagues.
Throughout Covid it “took a village.” Thank you to Dr. Alisa Naiman and Staff at The Medical Station, Drs. Habeeb Majid and Marnie Howe. Thank you also to Jill and Edy who supported us all throughout the last few weeks.
It is said that you can judge a person’s character by how much they love animals and Barbie loved all animals! It would mean everything to Barbie if you could do one kind gesture for an animal and say a silent prayer in her memory!
Private end of life arrangements are being made in Florida.