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A man of influence

The literary community mourns Jack Rabinovitch, who died in August at age 87



JACK RABINOVITCH – the Montreal-born businessman and philanthropist who died in Toronto’s Sunnybrook Hospital on Aug. 6, at the age of 87 – changed the face of Canadian literature on account of a broken heart.

Rabinovitch, who grew up in Montreal’s Mile End, the Jewish neighbourhood made famous in the novels of Mordecai Richler, maintained a lifelong love of reading, but his only professional association with the written word took the form of early jobs as a reporter and a speechwriter. He excelled in business, joining Trizec, a property development company, in 1972, and working his way to vice-president. He later became president of Nodel Investments. In the late 1980s, he was instrumental in spearheading the rebuilding of Toronto’s Princess Margaret Hospital, a project that was completed in 1993.

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