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Ruth Elias

Date of Death: Monday, January 31, 2022
Yahrzeit Day: 29 Shevat
Date of Funeral: Tuesday, February 1, 2022
Memorial Service Location: Private Family Service
Burial Service Location: Pardes Chaim Cemetery, Beth David Synagogue section.
Shiva Details: Private Shiva

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Terry-Lyn Brandwein
Dear Cary, Myron and Dana, I just heard that your beloved mother Ruth passed away today and wanted to give you my condolences. She was a very kind person and was there to help my family when need.
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Bonnie Szymkowicz
Ever since I got the news about Ruth's passing, I have felt shaken. This is so very sad. It is quite remarkable that both Phil and Ruth passed at basically the same time of separate health issues. To me, this certainly speaks to their close relationship and of G-d's power. They were both so special and always seemed younger than their years. I loved them dearly and will really miss them both very much. May their memory be a blessing.
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David Baltman
Dear Myron and family, we are so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing today. Our thoughts are with you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need any support or help, David and Bev.
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Michelle Lindsey, Michael Cooper, Jennifer Selskey
We are so sorry to hear about Ruthie this time. As we said before, there is no such thing as one without the other. Every family function, Shabbat dinner, even just passing through the neighborhood, they were always there with a smile, a hug and friendly advice when solicited. When our mother Helen Cooper passed away, they were there for us offering us kind words, sympathy and strength. We wish we could be there for all of you to give you our love, support and strength through this very difficult time, losing both of these wonderful, irreplaceable people. Please know that Ruthie and Phil were a big part of our family for most of our lives from childhood into adulthood and the memories we share of them will keep their light burning in our hearts next to our dear Mother. May they enjoy each other, dance together, laugh together but most of all, be together in peace and love forever.
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Manny Aptowitzer
Dear Kalman and family, I have just learned of your mother (ah's) passing.My condolences to all of you.She was a very sweet, friendly and warm lady. I have always felt very comfortable coming to your house, for my annual Purim visits. The warm reception, I received will remain with me for many many years. Hamakom yenachem eschem b'soch sh'aar avalei tzion veeyerushalayim. You shouldn't know from any more tzaar. May you only celebrate simchas in the future. Manny Aptowitzer
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Irving and Hilda Pisarek
Dear Cary and Family... B.D.E. Hilda and I are heartbroken again to learn of the passing of your beloved mother, Ruth, shortly after you lost your wonderful and loving dad, Phil, just a few weeks ago. May they both rest in peace. May you and your family know of no more sorrow. May her memory always be for a blessing, and may you find comfort and peace in the many cherished memories you have of your mom. We know that G-d and the love from your family and friends will give you strength during this most difficult and sad time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. HaMakom Yenachem Etchem Betech Shaar Aveilei Zion V'Yerushalayim... Irving and Hilda Pisarek
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Michael and Marcia Pascoe
To Ruth and Phil’s family, We are so sorry for your losses. We knew your parents ron the Bnai Brith Study Institutes. They were such welcoming greeters when we arrived at Maple Lake, so warm and friendly. In time your many memories will bring smiles. Michael and Marcia Pascoe
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Michael and Marcia Pascoe
To Ruth and Phil’s family, We are so sorry for your losses. We knew your parents from the Bnai Brith Study Institutes. They were such welcoming greeters when we arrived at Maple Lake, so warm and friendly. In time your many memories will bring smiles. Michael and Marcia Pascoe
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Ellen Shear Dayan
I am so sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of your parents while I was growing up. They were always such close friends of my parents.
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Robert Buckler
Kalman, Myron, Edna and Howard, So very sad with this news! Your mom was a warm and kind neighbour who opened her home to me when I joined the Snowbell family. She and Phil welcomed me such that I felt at home immediately. Ruth will be missed and I want to send you all the extended family our heartfelt condolences. May the Almighty comfort you among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.
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Shelley and Hartley Kestenberg
Dear Myron and Howard, To lose one parent is traumatic enough but to lose both parents within a short time span is unimaginable. We are so very sorry for your loss. As your neighbor and friend growing up with you on Charlton Blvd. I vividly remember how warm and wonderful your parents were. I always enjoyed talking with your mom. May you be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.
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Barbara Lieberman
Please accept my sincere condolence on your loss. Ruth was truly an inspiration for all of us. Love cousin Barbara.
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Brenda Cooper Geffen
Dear Howard, my deepest condolences to you, Myron and Cary on the loss of your mother. She was always warm, friendly and excited to see us. Your dad and mom were a lovely pair and they will be missed. Brenda
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Paul Gleitman
My deepest condolences to the family. May they be comforted amongst all the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. May her memory be a blessing to all who knew her.
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Donald Moscoe
Hi Cary - We are very sad to hear of the passing of your dear mother Ruth. May you know no more sorrow. Don and Sondra Moscoe
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Karen & Seymour Pomotov
Dear family. We are so sorry for your loss. Ruthie and Phil were cousins my parents cherished. They were all a very special generation. Condolences to all the cousins. Love Karen Ely
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Sheldon Allan Grafstein
Mrs. Elias was a true eishes chayil -- a dedicated wife and mother filled with love for all.. even during her difficult health setbacks She was a fighter for life ... Now she is in G*D's Hands together with her husband I pray that her loving deeds and the memory of them will give Cary/Kalman ko'ach to go forward with strength from faith to live his life to the fulness with trust and faith knowing BARUCH DAYAN HA'Emess --- they are now living through him and his good deeds an eternal friend of the Elias's Ee'lay'zer Grafstein
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Judy Diestel
Sincere Condolences to Howard and family on the loss of your parents. May their memory be for a blessing With warm regards Gus and Judy Diestel
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Selma Opler
Elias Family Very sorry to learn of Ruth's passing so soon after your father's. I remember both of them very well as we were long time neighbors on Charlton Blvd. My sincere condolences. May her memory be a blessing to all who knew here.
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Michael Snowbell
Ruth and Phil were the best neighbours without question. Kind, sweet, hospitable, gentle and loving. Ruth would feed me whenever I came over as a kid. They have a treasured place in the memory of our family, and may their memory be a blessing for their family, friends and neighbours!
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The Elias brothers
We would like to thank everyone for all the lovely condolence messages on the passing of our dear mother Ruth Elias on January 31, 2022. ............... For those who do not already know... Our dear father Philip Elias passed away two weeks earlier on January 16, 2022. ................................... You can find their webpages on Steeles Memorial at ........ https://steelesmemorialchapel.com/condolence/philip-elias/ ....... and ....... https://steelesmemorialchapel.com/condolence/ruth-elias/ .............................. The Elias brothers -- Cary, Myron, Howard
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Eulogy for Ruth Elias
Here is the eulogy delivered by Myron Elias for his mother Ruth Elias _________________ . It’s a sad day for us all because we all so very much loved my mother and father. ........ But here they are, after 72 years of marriage, with hardly ever a day apart, still holding hands and blowing kisses to each other. ........ When Dana and I arrived three weeks ago, both my parents were in Sunnybrook Hospital, had lost all hope, and were ready for what’s to come. But when Dad saw Dana, I truly believe that he realized there was still a reason to go on. After a few days of a balanced and full diet, he was ready for a road trip and so we wheeled him down to my mother. He took one look at my mother and grabbed her hand, telling her, “Ruth, you got to eat. We got to get out of here.” ........ Slowly but surely they seemingly began to improve and were even placed together in the same room. Picture them holding hands and blowing kisses. We were all gifted with many hours of talking, and joking, and reminiscing. ........ But, as the saying goes, man plans but G-d decides. ........ We said goodbye to Dad exactly 2 weeks ago and, around the same time, mom stopped her dialysis. We then brought mom home, which was her very last wish. ........ So who was my mother? ........ She was the loving mother to three sons, three grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. Although she never met the two little ones, Ya’ara and Kai, in person, she absolutely rejoiced in the photos and movies that we would email them on a nearly daily basis. Sivan, and especially Dana, spent most summers with mom and dad and it took Edna and I almost until the following summer to unspoil them. It was a losing battle. ........ Mom was a nature and animal buff. Some of my earliest memories are at Pontypool and Lake Coochiching, walking along the deserted country roads, picking wild flowers which mom would put in a vase on the kitchen tables. ........ But especially, Mom loved animals. Mom told me once that when I was a baby, she would bath me in the kitchen sink because the bath tub was occupied by two turtles. When I was about 2, we had a rabbit named Tipsy running around the house. Then the goldfish named Moby Dick, Chippy the red squirrel that mom nursed to health with warm milk and an eye-dropper, Calico the Cat, Tweety the canary, Pretty Boy the Blue parakeet, and finally, Coco, her poodle, who would zealously mom like… a fanatic. And that’s not to mention the snakes, salamanders, and tadpoles that Cary and I would constantly bring home.. ........ Mom was a female Dr Doolittle, never giving up the chance to pet a deer, or lama, or a camel, ride an elephant or a horse, or just tame and feed the black squirrels in the backyard. ........ And like Dad, mom loved people, opening her house to all of my friends visiting Canada from Israel, to Jewish Russian immigrants just arriving to Toronto, to disabled Israeli army veterans, to Jews and non-Jews from all over the world. ........ And like Dad, mom loved and cherished her friends, some of whom she knew from her childhood, some from her teens, some through dad, some from the synagogues that she and dad belonged to, some from the Bnai Brith, some from her folk dancing classes, some from Whitburn Ave and some from Charlton Blvd. Mom was always making friends. ........ And Mom was always doing for others, hosting wedding parties at the house for relatives and friends, teaching folk dancing to teenagers when she herself was a young mother, teaching rug hooking to the elderly, when she herself was a savta. Incidentally, she once, on a government form that requested that she state her profession, wrote “hooker”. ........ Mom also had a great sense of humour. ........ We love you Mom. Always will.
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Michael Birnbaum
Myron, Cary, Howard and the entire Elias family: Heartfelt condolences from the Birnbaum family, Michael, Oi-man, Daniel and Nathan. I have known your parents since I was a baby. Both were always kind and friendly to my family and me. I marvel at their long loving marriage and longevity. Only a couple of weeks ago they were still blowing kisses at each other in Sunnybrook Hospital. I take comfort that Ruth died at her beautiful home, surrounded by Cary, Myron and Dana. I hope you will rejoice in your parents' long satisfying lives at the same time you mourn Ruth's passing.
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Joel Hertz
Sorry to hear of her passing. She was a nice lady. Condolences to Howard, his brothers and family. May her memory be for a blessing.
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Mike Cohen
So sad to hear of the passing of your dad and mom within 15 days! I remember them fondly from shul, especially on Shabbat services. May their memory be of a blessing and strength to the entire Elias family! Mike Cohen
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Chaim Kornberg
When I started keeping Shabbat, Kalman invited me for Shabbat day meals at their home and I came almost every Shabbat for a while. I was welcomed, not as a needy guest, but almost as a member of the family. The warmth of Mr. Elias and Mrs. Elias remains with me to this day. And throughout the years, I felt their silent encouragement accompanying me in whatever I did. May their memories continue to be a blessing.
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Zvi Gaster
I am so sorry and sad to hear about Phil and Ruth. I loved them dearly and I will miss them very much. My first audit job (back in 1980) was at their company, Paris Brick. I loved traveling out there to work with them. Over the years I got very close to Phil and Ruth on a personal level. They were like parents to me and my wife. They were always interested in the wellbeing of our special-needs child and all the challenges we faced with him. Phil & Ruth in fact were very generous in their financial support to help with our son's struggles, and for this we will always be grateful. Zvi Gaster
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Alan Sandler
Dear family,it was with deep sadness that I found the passing of Ruth so soon after that of your Dad.In the many years that we worked together Ruth always had a smile a kind word to clients and was highly efficient with strong ethic.Many times she played the Bubbie around our tantrums.May you have wonderful memories of your parents.
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Leon and Lena Zernitsky
Dear Cary, Myron, Howard and entire Elias family, It is very difficult to find the right words to console you today. In such a short time, you lost your dear farther Phil and now your amazing mother Ruth. Our hearts are bleeding and how much more harder it is for you. Over thirty years ago, when my husband Leon published his first illustration in a Globe and Mail, we received a call from you Cary and this is how our friendship started. Both of you parents accepted us with such a big welcome. They introduced us to many of their friends and family, we attended the shul with them. Almost in no time we became a part of the family or this is at least how we felt. We spent numerous Shabasim and Pesah Sederim in your house, we enjoyed the most delicious meals prepared by your mother, the warm atmosphere in the house, the feeling of love, respect and friendship that you and both of your parents expressed. As a newcomers, we learned a lot about life in Canada from all of you. Ruth helped us in every way she could. We got our apartment because she made a few phone calls. We met another Russian family who your parents befriended even years earlier. And that friendship lasted until that Russian couple was alive. I feel a need to say THANK you to your farther Phil and your mother Ruth not only from my family but from Yana and Aizik as well. We will always remember two amazing people Phil and Ruth. I told Ruth years ago that she is my cousin sister and time will not change that. Dear Elias mishpaha, may the good memories of Phil and Ruth console you today. Hamakom Yenachem Eschem Bsoch Sheor Aveilei Tzion vYrushalaim.
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Marlene Davis
Dear Cary, and Elias family. My heartfelt condolences on the passing of your mother. It is so hard to believe you experienced so much heart ache in such a short time. I remember your mother as a very kind hearted person. Cary your email was written so eloquently… I’m so sorry for what you went through… to say it was difficult is an understatement. Please know you did a wonderful mitzvah. Love Marlene
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DEBBIE & RON COWITZ
Dear Elias family we were shocked to hear of Ruth' passing just 15 days after Phil and we send are deepest condolences. Myron's eulogy was lovingly written. Ruth and Phil were part of our planning group for B'nai Briths retreats and also part of our folk dancing group for many years. They were always happy and fun to be with and have many fond memories of them. May their memories be for a blessing. Debbie & Ron Cowitz
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Rochelle Glass
Dear Elias Family: Our heartfelt condolences. So very sorry to hear about the loss of both your parents. We have many happy & loving memories of coming to Toronto for the last 62 years & visiting with your parents & grandparents (maternal). They were very special people. ❤️Your Winnipeg cousins Rochelle & David Glass & Family
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YA
To the Elias Families, The mitzvot and massim tovim the warmth and kindness and sense of inclusion that Mrs. Elias conveyed every time the front door open warmed the soul that came in from the cold. Hers and Mr. Elias's sacrifice in giving up a son to live in Israel and see family less as a result, and support Torah and help it flourish is an accomplishment that few attain at the level that they have accomplished. Find comfort in their hopes and tefillot for you and support in their love that continues. משמים תנוחמו
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Shirley Tarek-Szames
My heart goes out to your entire family. I wish you strength, courage and fortitude as you travel this road of grief. May your mother’s memory be a blessing
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Bonnie & Jeff Wasser
It is with a heavy heart we send our deepest most sincere condolences on Ruthie’s passing. Ruth & Phil were a large part of our lives. They both will be sadly missed. Our thoughts are with you. Sending Light and Love
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SPR
Dear Cary ---- I am really terribly sorry for the immense loss of both your dear parents, Philip & Ruth ז״ל ....................... תהא נשמתם צרורות בצרור החיים לעולמים May their souls be bound up in the bundle of life forever and their memories be a blessing. ....... As you know, I was your mother's neighbour at dialysis for many years. I always had great respect for her incredible resilience, bright mind and exceptional humour. She will be missed by all the staff and all the other patients at the centre. ..... I wish I could have visited you during shivah to pay my respects, however this was not possible given the current Covid situation. Hopefully better times will come one day , בע״ה, and we will get together. Take care of yourself and once more, אבלים אנו את אבלך, מקוננים אנו את קינתך, ומייחלים שלא תדע עוד צער
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