Ruth "Babs" Asper

24 May 1933 - 30 July 2011

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Kathryn Crowe 26 November, 2018

Dear Gail, Leonard, and David, I would like to express my sincere condolences on the loss of your Mother. Even though I met your parents only briefly during the CKND Christmas Parties in the mid eighties through the early nineties, I will always remember them as distinguished and confident presences at those parties who both seemed to walk with an iconic status that we all revered. I knew then as I do now, just how lucky I was to have been a part of this television history. "What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us. - Helen Keller" With my deepest sympathy to you and your family, Robin Shreiber

Robin Shreiber 13 September, 2011

To the Asper Family - I just heard about the passing of your mother - I remember her fondly whenever she came to Toronto to attend parties, etc. Mrs. Asper was a very kind person and I am sure she will be greatly missed. Rest in Peace. Mary Forsey-Hood (ex Global)

Mary Forsey 28 August, 2011

Dear Len (and the whole Asper Family), Moira & I just heard the news about your mom’s passing and we cannot tell you how sorry we are. Losing one parent is difficult enough losing both a I unfortunately know all too well is heartbreaking. I only had the pleasure of meeting your mother once in Israel a few years ago but I got a great sense of what incredible person she was and I can see many of her qualities in you. Her energy, warmth and compassion was instantaneously evident and gave insight into how she successfully accomplished so many great things, including her family. Moira & I are so sorry for your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Tony & Moira Cohen

Moira & Tony Cohen 22 August, 2011

Wishing you peace and wonderful memories. "Because I could not stop for death He kindly stopped for me The carriage held but just ourselves And immortality". Emily Dickinson

Judith Dueck 16 August, 2011

My condolences on the matriarch of a legacy.

J Wex 16 August, 2011

Gail, Leonard and David, We offer our deepest sympathy on the passing of your mother. She touched the lives so many who had the honor of getting to know her. May you find peace and comfort in knowing that her loss is felt by all who knew and loved her.

Serafino and Paola Falvo 14 August, 2011

My sincerest condolences on the passing of a great lady from a great Canadian family. Her contributions, including from her descendents, will live on and on. Myself and my staff at World Affairs Television take inspiration both in the way Ruth lived and raised her family, helped with a historic Canadian business, and of course her extensive philanthropic work. We know she left a great legacy that her family and many others will surely follow.

Larry Shapiro 14 August, 2011

This is more about Izzy regret I had no chance to tell it to Babs. One Sunday, as Izzy kicked himself out of the Berney Theater for a smoke, I joined him, merely to thank him for bringing in pianist Ray Bryant, whom we both revered. Ever approachable, he replied, "Isn't that interesting I schedule New York meetings for when I know he's playing there." I'll miss 'em both.

Des Francis 10 August, 2011

Dear Gail, Leonard and David, My late husband Barry was a colleague of your Dad and there were a couple of occasions when we had dinner together here in Toronto. She was a "neat" lady and we had a lovely time. I was so sorry to hear of her sudden passing. My condolences to you and your extended family.

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Dear Gail and Leonard: I am so sorry about the sudden loss of your mother. I can only imagine how difficult this is for you and the other members of your family. While I know you will miss her terribly, you must feel so blessed to have had such an incredible mother. I just wanted to let you know that I am thinking about you. Tina Van Dusen

Tina Van Dusen 7 August, 2011

I did not know Ruth Miriam Asper. I did not have to. The unabashed support of Israel and the Jewish people by Ruth Miriam (Babs) Asper and her husband Izzy was a source of great strength and comfort to tens of thousands of people like myself. We were blessed by their presence. They have left a legacy that will endure.

Sam Mitnick 6 August, 2011

Dear Gail, At times like this, most people find it difficult to express their thoughts and feelings to the bereaved family, especially because nothing one says or does can change the absolute finality of the loss. Please accept our deepest sympathy and our sincere condolences for the loss of your Grandmother. Mourning is the process of living with the memory of her love, sense of humour, optimism, and her warmth, in addition to all the things she did in touching the lives around her, especially those of her family. May the passage of time lessen your pain and temper it with the imprint of her love and memory that you will always carry with you. I am sure the greatest comfort and healing of pain will come from God’s love. Once again George, the staff of Zoryan Institute, and I offer our deepest sympathies to you and your family. K. M. Sarkissian International Institute For Genocide And Human Rights Studies Division of Zoryan

K.M Sarkissian 5 August, 2011

Omnicom Media Group Canada extends its deepest sympathies and well wishes to David, Leonard, Gail and their families for the loss of Ruth Asper. It is with a heavy heart that we learned of the passing of this remarkable and accomplished woman. Her dedication to her community has and will continue to touch the lives of so many. She will remain in our thoughts always.

Omnicom Media Group Canada 5 August, 2011

We were most saddened to hear of Babs Asper's passing. Her contribution to the lives of others has been immeasurable. May you be spared further sorrow. - Lena and Malka Laufer

Lena Laufer 4 August, 2011

To David, Ruth & all of your family, Our hearts and thoughts go out to you at this very sad time. We know loosing a parent and especially a mother so suddenly is such a terrible loss. "Now that the sun has seemed to set on one so very dear, please know a soul who lived so well remains forever near." Take good care, Paul & Elaine Stimpson

Paul & Elaine Stimpson 4 August, 2011

Three months after our son was married in Nairobi Kenya, we hosted a large party in Winnipeg MB attended by relatives and friends including Babs and Izzy Asper. For this gala event I bought a very extravagant dress at an exclusive boutique. It was gorgeous, cream colored, lavishly adorned with gold and silver sequins including a 12” along the bottom and 2” around the neckline and cuffs. Standing in the receiving line I saw, to my disbelief, Babs walking towards me with a look of utter horror on her face. Turning, she said “Izzy – I have to go home.” Izzy, who was several paces behind her, replied “What the ........ are you talking about. It took you over an hour to get ready – OMG you have to go! NOW!!” Babs returned an hour later having changed from the identical dress I was wearing, a big smile on her face, looking lovely in her black skirt and lacey top. I had told her she needn’t change but she insisted. Rarely have I encountered such an example of caring and empathy. How gracious. That was Babs. I remember her fondly.

Lela Kornberg 4 August, 2011

Dear family of Mrs. Asper, We were very saddened to hear about your loss. My sister Yolande G. who was in the same room as your mother until her release from hospital on Friday last, also sends her warmest wishes and prayers. Please accept our most heartfelt condolences. From what we read, Mrs. Asper was an outstanding lady, a wonderful human being and a loving mother. May she be near to you always. Sincèrement, Léo et Diane Robert

Diane and Léo Robert 4 August, 2011

May you be comforted with the mourners of Tzion & Yerushalayim. May you know no more tzar.

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Sandi &Tim Greenberg Michaw 4 August, 2011

To the loved ones of Mrs. Ruth "Babs" Asper: I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother and grandmother. She was such an incredible woman. I never got the chance to met her personally but as a young Jewish woman I was well aware of all the generous contributions she and her husband have done for our city and community. I was extremely proud to be working for the Asper family at Canwest for the last few years of its existence as well. I wouldn't be where I am today if it weren't for Mr. and Mrs. Asper. Mrs. Asper was an amazing example of what we should all strive for as human beings. She touched more lives than she will ever know. She was filled with generousity, kindless and strength. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May she rest in peace. Elena Love

Elena Love 3 August, 2011

David, Leonard and Gail I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of your beloved Mother. May you find comfort in knowing how much joy your Mother brought into the lives of others. Hamakom yenachem eschem b'soch she'ar avelai Tziyon V'Yerushalayim. Sincerely Sidney Greenebrg

Sidney Greenberg 3 August, 2011

David,Gail,Leonard and family: Kindly accept our deepest sympathy on the loss of your Mom/Grandma.We count ourselves privileged to have known known hershe was a wonderful lady and Val and I will miss her along with everyone whose lives she touched. Val and Allan MacKenzie

Val and Allan MacKenzie 3 August, 2011

Dear Gail, Leonard and David, Please accept my deepest sympathies on the sudden loss of your beloved mother, Babs Asper, may her memory be a blessing. I can hardly believe that only a few weeks have passed since we met during her visit to Israel and am truly sorry that I did not have the opportunity to spend more time with her. She was an inspiring woman who touched so many lives with her joy and generosity and will be sorely missed by all who had the privilege to know her. The life that your mother led together with your late father Izzy Asper was a model of grace, generosity and vision. Please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers our condolences and hopes for your healing and renewal. May you be comforted among the mourners of Zion. Shaya Ben-Yehuda, Yad Vashem

Shaya Ben-Yehuda 3 August, 2011

Gail, Mike, Stephen, and Jonathan, Our sincere sympathies on the loss of your mom/grandma. We know it has created a huge hole in your family fabric. Our thoughts are with you. Sandy, Doug, and Brendan

Sandra Chalanchuk 3 August, 2011

The sudden news of your mother’s passing was profoundly saddening for me and my colleagues at Yad Vashem. We sense the loss of an extraordinary woman, distinguished by outstanding characteristics. One of these was being a central pillar of support for meaningful Holocaust remembrance and education - in Canada and all over the world. I was blessed to have shared significant experiences with Babs Asper, out of which grew our friendship, as well as my sincere admiration for her. Together with your late father, of blessed memory, Babs wove a unique legacy of noble service for others, bringing to it her own special emphases and attributes. Yad Vashem shall miss her dearly. Avner Shalev

Avner Shalev, Yad Vashem 3 August, 2011

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Barry Horeczy 3 August, 2011

Dear Gail, my sincere condolences to you and your family for the loss of your mother. Your Mom was a true role model. My thoughts are with you.

Suzie De Luca 3 August, 2011

Please accept my condolences for your loss. I did not know your Mom and had only met your dad once. But their works are their monument.

Jan Maydan 3 August, 2011

Dear Gail, My deepest sympathy to you and all your family in the sudden loss of your mother - such a hard situation to come to grips with. Thinking of you. Celoris

Celoris Miller 3 August, 2011

My deepest sympathy to your family at this most difficult time. May your loving memories of your mother sustain you through your grief and guide you and your family in the days ahead.

Sheldon Teicher 2 August, 2011

People like Ruth Asper is an heritage for all human beings. My condolence to her family and friends

Gustavo Melamedoff 2 August, 2011

Dear David, Gail and Leonard and Families, We were so saddened by the passing of Babs and our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. She was such a wonderful and caring person and I will always remember her with a smile. Brenda, Marty and Harlan

Brenda Gurvey 2 August, 2011

On behalf of many young Frederictonians and former program participants in the Human Rights & Holocaust Studies Program of the Asper Foundation, please allow me to offer our deepest condolences on the recent passign of your mother, a great canadian. Dr. Henryk Goldszmit a celebrated physician & author of children's stories, whom many regard as the father of children's rights, wrote a book of prayers to grieve his own mother's passing. The author's dedicace is inspiring and worth sharing in its own right, but also reminds me of the great work you continue to do on your parents' behalf through the Asper Foundation: "To my beloved Mama and Papa: we have parted for a moment in order to meet again...From the stones of your anguish and pain and those of our ancestors, I want to raise a high tower to shelter others. Thank you for teaching me to hear the whispers of the dead and the living. Thank you for helping me to learn the secret of life in the beautiful hour of death." from Dr. Henryk Goldszmit's Alone with God: Prayers for Those Who Don't Pray (Warsaw) 1922

Christian Whalen 2 August, 2011

Dear Gail, David and Leonard, The passing of a great Canadian, as Babs Asper was, leaves a gaping absence in your family but also in her community and in the country. That Babs Asper invested her gifts and resources into her family, her community, her world has left us a better place. Gail, it has been my pleasure to see your incredible work for the Canadian Museum of Human Rights. Your mother will have been as proud of her children and community as you - and Canadians - are proud of her. Sympathies from all at the United Nations Association in Canada.

Kate White, United Nations Association in Canada 2 August, 2011

Gail, David, Leonard, and families Florence and I were saddened to hear of your loss. We wish to extend our condolences on the passing of your mother, and grandmother. I had the pleasure of meeting her a few times, and I was always left saying the same thing "What a lovely person!" We wish you all strengh at this difficult time. Keep well! Tom Harrison

Tom Harrison 2 August, 2011

Dear Gail, David and Leonard I was saddened to learn of the sudden passing of your mother on Saturday. Babs Asper was such an amazingly vibrant woman and such a positive force in so many aspects of our community - she will be missed by so many people. My condolences on your personal loss of this wonderful lady. I know that her spirit will continue to live on in your family.

Serena Kraayeveld 2 August, 2011

My wife Maureen and I send the deepest and most heartfelt condolences to Gail, David, Leonard and all of the Asper family as well as to Moe, Jeff and all loved ones, friends, associates and staff. While many of us on the periphery of this great lady's worldwide acquaintances are saddened and moved to pay our respects, our thoughts and prayers are with the immediate family. We trust the outpouring of love will in some measure expedite the healing process and ensure that her hunanitarian vision will continue to inspire generations to come.

Keith Samuelson 2 August, 2011

Dear Gail, David and Leonard, Unfortunately, I did not know your mother, Ruth Asper z"l. However, we know that the deeds of the parents are clearly reflected by the deeds of the children. The tremendous work that you, through the Asper Foundation, are doing for the children of Israel in general and the children of Beer Sheva in particualr, is the best reflection of Ruth's spirit. On behalf of our board and members, I wish you long life, life full of great deeds for the humanity, life filled with the spirit of your mother Ruth. Shmaya Berkowitz Beit Moriah Beer Sheva Israel

Shmaya Berkowitz 2 August, 2011

Dear Gail, David and Leonard, Your mother was a true woman of valor. "A woman of valor, who can find? Her worth is far above rubles. The heard of her husband trusts in her And nothing shall he lack. She renders him good not evil All the days of her life. She opens her hand to the needy And extends her hand to the poor. She is robed in strength and dignity And cheerfully faces whatever may come. She openeth her mouth with wisdom. Her tongue is guided with kindness. She tends to the affairs of her household And eats not the bread of idneless. Her children come forward and bless her, Her husband too, and he praises her: "Many women have done superbly, Buy you surpass them all." Charm is deceitful and beauty vain, But a God-revering woman is much to be praised. Place before her the fruit of her hands Wherever people gather, her deeds speak her praise." from Proverbs 31 May her memory be a blessing.

Shai Abramson 2 August, 2011

It is with great sadness that we offer our sympathies to the entire Asper Family on the passing of Ruth Asper. To Leonard, Gail and David we acknowledge that "G_d could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers." Ruth's constant support of the Asper Foundations Human Rights and Holocaust Studies Program made it possible for thousands of Canadian youth to bear witness to the "Shoah." I am sure the students I have led on this program, now numbering in the hundreds, join my family and I in offering our support and prayers in this time of grief. Ruth's Spirit, Energy and Legacy will be sure to live on at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, a fitting tribute to she and Izzy. May her memory be a blessing.

Paul Monaghan 2 August, 2011

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