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The reception for Hymie Goldberg's funeral will take place at the Kluslap Room at Membertou from 12:30 - 2:30. The funeral is at 11.


The following was sent by Hymie's son Lyle:

Hyman Goldberg Obituary

Goldberg, Hyman Solomon 82, passed away at Parkstone Enhanced Care nursing home in Halifax on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, with his family by his side.

"Hymie", known by his friends, was born in Seattle, Washington and raised in Saint John, New Brunswick. He spent his working life in Sydney, Nova Scotia, where he raised his family.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Dalhousie University in 1953. Upon graduation, he went to work for his father in Glace Bay to help run a scrapyard business known as, Metal Processors Limited.

He went back to university as a mature student, where he completed his Bachelor and Masters degrees in Education from Acadia and St. F.X. universities.

In 1969, he joined the Nova Scotia Eastern Institute of Technology as an instructor and retired at the University College of Cape Breton (UCCB) in 1994.

During his tenure at UCCB, he served as Director of the Performing Arts Series. In this role, he was responsible for attracting such world-renowned musicians as, classical guitarists, Liona Boyd and Michael Laucke, jazz legend, Oliver Jones and harpist, Loreena McKennitt.

In 1977, he wrote and produced a documentary on Maritime Jewry that aired on CBC Radio. The documentary spoke to the challenges of growing up Jewish in small communities and the many challenges Jews faced when first arriving in the Maritimes from Eastern Europe. It featured the choir from Sydney's Temple Sons of Israel Synagogue, as well as several interviews with Jewish youth and seniors from communities throughout Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

In the mid 1980's, he and his wife, Rosalyn owned and operated a plant and gift boutique in Sydney.

Upon retirement, he became heavily involved in the Sydney synagogue, The Temple Sons of Israel. With his lovely voice, he served as the local cantor, performing the Friday night and Saturday morning services. He also took art lessons in retirement and became an accomplished oil painter of seascapes.

He was a huge fan of music, particularly the big band jazz era of the 1940's and the singer-songwriter era of the 1960's and 70's.

Hymie was a loving and devoted husband and father. He cherished his wife, Rosalyn. He was heavily involved in his children's lives. He rarely missed a hockey game, a dance recital or dinner theatre production where his kids participated. He had a special place in his heart for his only grandchild, Sarah.

Hymie is survived by his brother, Srole (George Schwalbe), Montreal; sister, Esther (Leonard Meiselman), Bedford, Massachusetts; brother-in-law, Lionel (Linda) Hirsch, Sydney; daughters, Lisa Goldberg, Halifax and Rinah Goldberg (Chris Richards), Calgary; son, Lyle Goldberg (Della Morrison), Halifax; and granddaughter, Sarah Goldberg, Halifax.

He was predeceased by his parents, Isaac and Bessie (Magonet) Goldberg and wife, Rosalyn (Hirsch).

The family would especially like to thank the staff at Melville Heights, Arborstone, Parkstone Enhanced Care, and the Extended Care Paramedics for their dedicated support to Hymie during the last eight years of his life.

A memorial service will be held Friday, December 6, 11:00 a.m. at Sydney Memorial Chapel, 49 Welton Street, Sydney. Interment in the Hebrew Cemetery.

Donations may be made in lieu of flowers to the Jewish Immigrant Aid Services Canada or World Wildlife Fund Canada.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.sydneymemorialchapel.ca or e-mailsydneymemorialchapel@ns.sympatico.ca
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