Memorial Book for Melville Olsberg


Madelaine McKenzie September 23, 2022 07:34 AM
Elke- I am so sorry to learn of Mel’s passing. He will never be forgotten in our paralegal community. Please reach out if you need anything. Sending my thoughts and love your way ❤️ Madelaine McKenzie 647-637-4895





Joanne Coupe August 18, 2022 11:12 PM
Elke, it was with great sadness I learned today of Mel’s passing. He was a real individual, positive, kind and unassuming.I wish that I could write the words you need to hear right now and that they would make everything all right again. Life can seem so unfair at the time of loss. Sending you my sincere condolences for the loss of your husband.





Bradley Cox August 15, 2022 06:21 AM
Although I only met Melville in the later years of his life he always went out of his way to help me. I was always struck by his generous nature and his sense of humour. My condolences to Elke and the family...





Scott Kennelly August 13, 2022 07:41 AM
I just found out about Melville''s passing. I so much enjoyed his friendship and our conversations on the telephone. We never did get to drink all that Scotch he talked about. My sincerest condolences to Elka and his sons and their families. It was an honour to be able to call Melville a friend.





Meredith Halpern-Wyman July 26, 2022 01:16 PM
My condolences to all of you. Mel has told us about you over the years and I am sorry we have met in person. His loss will be felt by all of us at City Shul. He has always be an integral part of our congregation. He was always such a positive spirit. He will be missed greatly. And his memory will be blessing for myself and my family.





Nancy Kule July 26, 2022 10:53 AM
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved Melville. I often sat with him at out Oneg Shabbats at City Shul. He is such a loving and kind being with wisdom and insight. I will miss him and know that his memory will be for a blessing for you. Ahava, Nancy Kule





Caitlin Berndt July 25, 2022 04:08 PM
I remember holding the door open for Elijah during our passovers with your family. They are memories that I will always treasure. I share those stories with my son. Thank you for including us in your family. Melville will be missed.





Jerome and Pearl Kazdan July 24, 2022 08:09 PM
Our deepest condolences to Elke and your family. Mel was an important part of many lives May he rest in peace. Jerome and Pearl Kazdan





Sharon Smith-Miller July 24, 2022 01:27 PM
My deepest condolences on the loss of Mel.I always remember his broad smile when he greeted me at temple. May his memory be for a blessing.





Anne Sealey July 24, 2022 11:53 AM
My deepest condolences on your loss. I have many fond memory''s of Mel at City Shul - in person, onine, at kiddush. He will be deeply missed.





Judy Adler and Henry Lotin July 24, 2022 09:36 AM
Dear Elke, Simeon, Daniel and families, Henry and I are heartbroken at the loss of Mel. He holds a special spot in our hearts. May his memory continue to be a blessing. Our love and sympathy, Judy and Henry





Richard Yehoshua Sivan - Israel July 24, 2022 01:45 AM
Dear Elke, Simeon and Daniel, Your loss is so fresh, I know that condolences mean little. For all that, I want you to know how sorry I am that your husband and father died on Thursday. I had been in correspondence with him up to a couple of years ago, but long before that he had been in touch with his cousin, my father Oscar Swan, to whom he used to send Canadian stamps for me this would have been about 60 years ago. I pray that you will be spared sorrow for many years to come. yehoshua.sivan@gmail.com





Milo Vassallo July 23, 2022 06:02 PM
Stunned and saddened at the news of the untimely death of my dear friend Mel. Our club has lost a dedicated Rotarian and the world has lost an extraordinary human being. As he was just two years older than me,I always referred to him as my older brother. He is in our thoughts and prayers and in the gentle arms of His Maker. My wife Rita joins me in sending our very deepest sympathies to his dear wife, Elka, and the rest of the family. May he rest in peace and he will never be forgotten. Sincerely Milo - his younger brother.





Tema Title July 23, 2022 01:56 PM
Elke and Family, I am just heartsick to learn of Mel''s passing.My deepest condolences. He always manged to outreach so well re my family. I always felt he was tuned in to all of them. I loved being with the two of you together. What a wonderful couple. May his memory be for a blessing





Karen Lewis July 22, 2022 11:36 PM
Dear Elke and Family, I am so sorry to hear about Mel. He was an important and major part of our City Shul family. As others have shared, Mel always had a joy of life and family and community. I already miss his voice and his Scottish lilt. His caring and inclusion, his keen interest and pride in his work, his wisdom and his love, will be missed by you and your family, and also his extended City Shul community. There will always be a L''Chaim with the good stuff! to you, Mel. May his memory be a blessing.





Eleanor Loebel July 22, 2022 04:49 PM
Dear Elke, Simeon, Daniel and Families, You know the well deserved place in our hearts Mel held. So many years of memories. What a good man he was and will be remembered as such. Ellie





David Ing July 22, 2022 03:30 PM
Mel was president of the Rotary Club of Forest Hill between 1994 and 1995. He has served the community with dignity. He has helped members with legal advices based on his knowledge We shall always remember Mel’s smiles.





Phyllis Spivak July 22, 2022 02:01 PM
Dear Family, So sorry to have read about the loss of your beloved husband, father and grandfather. I was always very fond of Mel when I worked with him at HBT. He was very organized and welcoming to all the members. May his memory be a blessing and give you comfort.





Hope Maissner July 22, 2022 11:34 AM
Dear Elke,Simeon, Daniel and family Beny and I were sooo sorry to hear about Mel''s passing. I know Beny spoke to Simeon but I also wanted to express my condolences along with Shira, Tal and Rivka. So many memories both in shul and out. Please know that his memory will always be for a blessing. Hope, Beny and family





John Sweet July 22, 2022 11:04 AM
I am sad to hear of Mel''s passing. I remember fondly the Brotherhood events and all the other times we spent together at Holy Blossom. My condolences to the family. Zichrono livracha.





Judi Draimin July 22, 2022 10:58 AM
Dear Elke, Mel was such a treasure. His beautiful spirit & charm made a space light up w love & laughter. Mel & Billy danced around funny and not so funny stories whenever we met. I shall miss his yearly birthday call: guess who We talked forever. His family was his greatest feat. Elke, he adored you. We will all remember Mel with much love.





Marianka Natanson July 22, 2022 10:04 AM
My sincere condolences to your family, the word feels empty without Mel. May his memory be a blessing





Frances and Paul Hellen July 22, 2022 09:45 AM
We honour the life of a caring and deeply cherished friend of long-standing. For the past 50 years we have welcomed the birthday phone call of good wishes, of YomTov greetings, as well as car pools to HBT, and dinners including tastings of the latest single malt. We shall miss Mel. How much more so then will you, dear Elke, Sim, Dan, and families! We send you our heartfelt condolences, and sincere affection. His memory will be a blessing. Francie and Paul





Jason Stein July 22, 2022 08:52 AM
Dear family, I remember Mel well from Holy Blossom Temple. I would often bump into him on the bus on my way to services and I always enjoyed chatting with him. May he Rest In Peace.





Michael and Jackie Demczur July 22, 2022 08:08 AM
Dear Elke and family. We were deeply saddened to learn of Melville''s passing yesterday. He was a very special friend to our family. As you know, Melville and Michael met in traffic court almost 20 years ago and became fast friends. The 3 of you were happily reunited at a chance encounter at Spadina Gardens and I, together with the girls, were brought into the fold. We will always treasure our special times together, including the many wonderful visits at your place. Melville was a great example of a life well lived. We will all miss him very much.





Jane-Michèle Clark née Lowe July 22, 2022 08:05 AM
“Auntie” Elka, I am soooo very sorry to hear about “Uncle” Mel. He was one of my dad’s oldest and dearest friends. For a long time, you were regular visitors to our home. As a little girl, I always remember feeling excited when you were coming to visit, because of how kind and funny Uncle Mel was, and how he genuinely seemed to enjoy being with us. He showed a lot of love and patience to us all. When I was 16 and spending 2 weekends at your house as I took a course downtown, I made the mistake of bringing a meat and cheese sub home one night, as I was getting back after dinner. Uncle Mel didn’t fuss, but simply suggested we eat on the front steps. The two of us sitting there, chatting companiably, is a cherished memory. Simeon and Daniel: I also remember how exited he was each time he became a new dad… how proud he was of you over the years. When I saw your dad not that long ago, his face lit up as he talked about you both and about his grandkids. You were one of the first things he mentioned. He loved you all deeply. He was loved by many, including me. He will be missed. My love and condolences to you all. Jane-Michèle





Richard Lorie July 22, 2022 07:39 AM
Jean and Richard Lorie are saddened to hear that Melville has passed. Our condolences to Elke, Simeon, Daniel and the Olsberg family. We will miss you, Melville.





Josie Caliendo July 22, 2022 01:31 AM
Dear Elke, and Daniel, Simeon and Families We are very saddened by the passing of your dear husband, father, grandfather, our friend. We were so looking forward to seeing you again and comparing notes of our trips to Holland and “eating herring” together. We have known you and Mel a short time but such a dear time for us. How we enjoyed being in your company! Daniel we feel like we know you too as your Dad spoke so lovingly of the wonderful times with the family in Hamburg . To all the family we send our deepest condolences with the hope that time transform this sadness to sweet and beautiful memory. May he rest in perpetual peace. Josie and Rob





Minerva Cernea and Michael Bartello July 22, 2022 12:10 AM
Dear Elke and Family, We would like to express our condolences on the passing of Mel. We met in Rotary Forest Hill and enjoyed immensely his friendship and active spirit. Kind, always ready to help, a real friend, he was a pilar of our Rotary Club. We will always remember and miss Mel.





Shirley Anne Haber July 21, 2022 11:46 PM
Dear Family We would like to express our sincere condolences on the passing of Melville who was an active member of the Speakers Action Group now known as CAEF Canadian Antisemitism Education Foundation. Melville rarely missed a meeting always wanting to help from his past experiences at Holy Blossom. We know that the wonderful memories of Melville will help the family at this difficult time. May his memory be for a blessing… Shirley Anne and Harvey Haber





Linda and Moe Rotman July 21, 2022 11:08 PM
Dear Elke and Family, We were so sorry to learn of Melville''s passing. It was always a please to talk to him and Moe really enjoyed working with him in the courts. May his memory be a blessing. Linda and Moe Rotman.





Morty Eisen July 21, 2022 10:52 PM
I knew Mel in the days when he was an Administrator of Holy Blossom Temple. After retirement he became a Justice of the Peace and officiated at my daughters wedding. He was a first class gentleman and will be missed





Frances Bleviss July 21, 2022 10:11 PM
Mel was always, in person and online, so warm and welcoming. He took immense pride and delight in his family, and I’m sure you’ll miss him terribly. I hope the memories of the lovely man he was will bring you much comfort.





Myrna Freedman July 21, 2022 09:50 PM
My deepest condolences to the Olsberg family. I will miss Mel’s friendly and warm greeting whenever we met at Temple. He was a real mensh. Myrna Freedman





Yona Lunsky July 21, 2022 07:47 PM
Saturdays at shul were always brighter with Mel. He told great stories and always appreciated others. It was very special to sing and take part in services with him. He brought that same joy to breakout room kiddush online when I was lucky to be placed with him. May his memory be a blessing.





Mel and Esther Bergman July 21, 2022 07:45 PM
We are deeply saddened to learn of Mel''s passing. Although we haven''t seen him for quite some time, we remember him fondly while attending Holy Blossom services and shmoozing before and after. He was also a neighbour of Mels'' for many years on St. Clements where Mel grew up and they would reminisce about those early years. He was always so friendly and so proud of his family. Our deepest condolences to the family....





Daniel Gruner and Simy Gruner July 21, 2022 07:26 PM
Mel was such a good friend at Shul, always happy to schmooze, and happy to come to services. We will miss him, his Modim moments, and his always positive attitude. May his memory always be a blessing, to his family, his friends, and all who were lucky to know him. Baruch Dayan Emet.





Sandi Kamenir July 21, 2022 07:11 PM
Will miss Mel''s always-positive attitute and friendly greeting.





Steve Katz and Sandy Wynia Katz July 21, 2022 06:44 PM
Mel was a joyful and shining light at Cityshul. In fact the last time I attended services we sat with him was we “whispered” our good news to each other and shared a laugh and a smile. He was so incredibly proud of his family and unabashedly grateful for the gifts in his life. Mel will be so very deeply missed. May his memory be for a blessing and may his loved ones and all of those who call City Shul home be comforted.





Gita and David Mintz July 21, 2022 05:49 PM
Mel was an integral part of the City Shul community. Chatting with him after services was one of our highlights of going to Shul. His story telling, wit and humour were a great source of pleasure for us. We will miss him. We feel privileged to have known him.





Anne Milchberg July 21, 2022 04:29 PM
Mel was cherished at shul, and a lovely, lively man who spoke glowingly of his kids and grandkids. I''m so sorry for the family''s loss and for our shul''s loss too. Wishing everyone long life, as Glaswegians would say.





Liron Taub July 21, 2022 04:24 PM
Mel''s presence, wit, and joy always lit up City Shul''s services. I was always so happy when he was there, sharing his Modim moment of gratefulness. Even through various health problems he always had a way of viewing things with hope and gratefulness. Having both worked in the traffic courts, I also enjoyed talking shop with him. I will miss him dearly.