A Database of the Dead

these are the people who have died and we alone have survived to say that these are the people who have died

Below, you will find a database of the dead. In it, you are invited to anonymously enter the names of anyone who has died. Each name entered into the database will be inscribed into a scroll which will be read from on the night of Grief. For your convenience, we have prepared an FAQ which we hope will help better acquaint you with this Database of the Dead, and answer any questions you may have.

Please note that once a name has been submitted, you will not be able to edit it. If a change is necessary, click revision, and we will do our best to assist you.

Submit a Name

  • First and last name.
  • If the name of the dead is commonly pronounced incorrectly by native English speakers, please help us say the name as it is intended to be heard. You can consult nameshouts.com (opens in a new tab) to assist you in writing the name phonetically.
  • This section is an opportunity to share memories about the dead, but is also intended to help visitors avoid entering names of the dead that have already been entered. For this reason, please try to describe the most characteristic attributes about the dead—family members, life accomplishments, physical descriptions, and activities for which the dead were best known when they were alive… These are the things most likely to help other visitors navigate the database. And once again, we ask that you please search the database before entering a name. Thank you.
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Herbert Safran Sáfran wife of Lillian, father of Linda, Alan, and Laurie; educator
Donna Storey-Langford 1956 -
Mother, artist
Georgie Langford George-ee Mother, grandmother, wise woman
Aina Krukowski Eye-nah Mother, grandmother, surviver
Thadeus Krukowski Thad-ee-us Father, soldier in Ander's Army, scholar of language
Tom Storey ~ 1950 - 2017
Uncle, Teacher
Daisy Storey 1988 -
Nanny
Mary Storey 1920 -
Grandmother of 2
Ian Cohen 1951 - 1993
poet with blue eyes: passed suddenly; my first love
Elias Eliyahu Schwartz 1944
teacher, lover of books, revered by his daughter, until the last day
Rachel Hofstadter Schwartz 1944
my hardworking, pretty grandmothet who saved her daughter’s life when confronted with Dr. Mengele
Judith Schwartz Rubinstein 1920 - 2012
Mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, dressmaker, baker, writer, educator, loved by many
Mordecai Rubinstein (Sr) 1942
My grandfather died peacefully in bed shortly before his family was sent to Auschwitz or labour camp
Rivka Roszi Rubinstein 1944
Rivka gave birth to twelve children; the first six died young.
Mordecai Rubinstein 1942 - 1944
second son of Ebolya and Bela
Uri Rubinstein 1939 - 1944
first son of Ebolya and Bela
Ebolya ___ Rubinstein 1944
My father’s beautiful first wife
Bela Rubinstein 1908 - 2007
My dignified, conscientious father, born in St. Ishtvan, Hungary
Teunis Verbeek 1937 - 2016
A husband , a father , an Opa, a father-in-law , a son and an immigrant from the Netherlands who made his way in Canada . He learned how to...
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A husband , a father , an Opa, a father-in-law , a son and an immigrant from the Netherlands who made his way in Canada . He learned how to fly airplanes and moved houses from one location to another , put basements in while the house was hanging in the air and gave us all the dream of doing anything we could.
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Paul Young Friend, musician, magician, too young.
Maria Rumpler Resilient and quiet.
Michelle Hartford Michelle volunteered with the First Interfaith Out of the Cold. She was a biker who loved sparkles.
Ida Blum Bloom ca. 1929 - 2008
My mother Ida Blum (née Turkienicz) was born in Poland in the 1920s. She was a gentle, warm loving person devoted to caring for her family....
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My mother Ida Blum (née Turkienicz) was born in Poland in the 1920s. She was a gentle, warm loving person devoted to caring for her family. One of ten children, she along with her siblings and parents fled into hiding in the forest bordering their small town of Sernik in 1942. Remarkably eight siblings survived the Holocaust and immigrated to Canada with their mother. She is fondly remembered as being soft and funny!
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sharon audrey craig 1949 - 1975
my mama.
singer, artist, accordian player, seamstress, dreamer
Susan Cohen 1942 - 2017
Susan was my mother. She was boisterous, funny, and smart as hell. A scientist by training, first a teacher and then a lawyer by trade, she...
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Susan was my mother. She was boisterous, funny, and smart as hell. A scientist by training, first a teacher and then a lawyer by trade, she was an accomplished professional who never let that interfere with being a parent. We miss her profoundly.
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Berel Blum Barrel Bloom
My father Berel Blum was born in Poland in 1925. The middle of nine children, Berel learned in the aftermath of the Second World War that...
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My father Berel Blum was born in Poland in 1925. The middle of nine children, Berel learned in the aftermath of the Second World War that his parents and all his siblings, a family of nine children, were murdered during the Holocaust. Berel immigrated to Canada in 1948 with the aid of his maternal Aunt Leah and built a new life. Here he met and married the love of his life Ida Turkienicz in 1952, and raised their three children. Berel owned and operated Blum's Furniture, a retail furniture business located at Bloor and Landsdowne, for over 40 years. Berel was a bundle of positive energy and devoted himself to family, attending Beth Emeth synagogue, swimming, and playing pool at the North Y. He believed his purpose in life was to do good deeds for others and take my mom out for breakfast! I miss his humour, his fruit and danish deliveries, his endless orders advising what I should be doing and generous heart.
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J J Posluns 1987 - 2017
He was my only son, born after 3 daughters, the baby of the family. He was such a joy and so loved. He had a wonderfully kind , deep soul...
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He was my only son, born after 3 daughters, the baby of the family. He was such a joy and so loved. He had a wonderfully kind , deep soul and his sweet disposition touched many lives. He was sensitive and caring and so gentle. He was an extremely talented musician who wrote songs and playing the guitar was his passion. He was too good for this harsh world. He is missed and remembered everyday by his friends and family.
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David Rutherford Phonetically Islander. Free spirit. Died too young. Dandelion
Brian Browne 1937 - 2018
Canadian jazz pianist. A kind and insightful man who swore like a sailor and told a lot of wild stories. Saved my life and my love of music.
Irrfan Khan 1967 - 2010
Khan was known for his nuanced and understated performances, with many calling him one of India's most talented actors.
He was so...
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Khan was known for his nuanced and understated performances, with many calling him one of India's most talented actors.
He was so highly respected that director Wes Anderson once wrote him a part just so he could work with him.
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