With great sadness we regret to inform of the passing of R’ Chaim Mayer Minkowitz OBM, a longtime member of the Chabad Lubavitch community of Montreal.
He is survived by – yibodlu l’chaim tovim – his wife of 68 years, Faygel Minkowitz , and their five children R’ Refoel (Teaneck, NJ), R’ Yitzchok (Milan, Italy), Aaron (Miami Beach), Mrs. Chana Diament, (Montreal, Canada), and R’ Yosef, (Toronto, Canada), many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Originally from village of Nevel in Russia, he was the son of famous Chosid R’ Yitzchok Yaakov (Itcheke Leima’s), and Chana, youngest brother to Hertzel Minkowitz OBM, Yisroel Minkowitz OBM, and Malke Levitin OBM, all from New York. Predeceased by his two sisters during WWII, son in law of Reb Shloime and Sarah Shimanovitz OBM, his partner in the largest kosher chicken processing outlet of the time.
As a young boy he survived the war in Samarkand, eventually learning in the Lubavitch Yeshiva Brunoy, France under Mashpia R’ Nissan Nemenov.
In Paris, he was ordained as a shochet and for a short period, he was a shochet in Ireland.
After marrying Faigel, he settled in Montreal, Canada, a young and vibrant Anash community in 5711.
R’ Chaim Mayer immediately became a very active member of the Lubavitch community in Montreal, as gabai and Baal Tefillah for close to 60 years. He became known as an outstanding Baal Tefillah during the Yomim Noraim and a major influence in the community. After instituting the weekly Chabad Nigunnim review during Seudah Shlishis, he inspired many with his Chassidishe farbrengens and nigunnim. He was much beloved by all.
The levaya will pass by the Lubavitch Yeshiva Montreal, the Ohel in Queens. Final resting place will be at Har Hazeisim Yerusholayim Ir Hakodesh, Section 4, Division 5. Final arrangement to follow.
Shiva notice to follow