Thursday, April 17, 2008

BULLETIN: Harold Buchwald, community leader, passes away

Harold Buchwald, QC, longtime Winnipeg lawyer and community leader, passed away this morning at the age of 81.

A renowned tax lawyer, he was an original partner in the firm Buchwald Asper Henteleff, which is now known as Pitblado LLB. Named a member of the Order of Canada in 1993, his support for the State of Israel was unwavering and most recently he was a leader of the campaign to create a historical site at the Upper Fort Garry gate in downtown Winnipeg.

When reached by The Great Canadian Talk Show, National Post columnist Scott Taylor was saddened by the loss of his friend.

" I had a lot of wonderful discussions with Harold and he was always pleasant . The great thing about Harold was, if you disagreed the discussion was always civil. He was a great sports fan and a great supporter of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and his support of the arts created so many lasting friendships. He was ultimately a fine fine man."

Canadian Friends of Hebrew University Director Ron East echoed Taylor's comments, noting that Buchwald's recent op-ed columns in the Winnipeg Free Press had brought him a new audience for "his unique ability to argue a position as well as give constructive criticism of the state of affairs in Winnipeg, Canada and Israel."

East also revealed that Buchwald followed the stories broadcast on The Great Canadian Talk Show and discussed them with Ron and others in the community.

We have learned the funeral is at 3 PM on Tuesday April 22nd, at the Shaarey Zedek Synagogue at Wellington Cres. and Academy Road.

Our deepest condolences to the Buchwald family, and to his many friends and associates around the world.

We will have more about Harold Buchwald's passing with his longtime friend Yoram East today on our show at 4.05 PM.