Eldest son of Anna and Jacob Garfunkel, born in Toronto, he spent the majority of his life there, with an interlude in Montreal while working for Van Kirk Chocolate.
Predeceased by his wife Lottie Garfield, sisters Lil Gordon, Ruth Joseph, brother Howard Garfield, sisters-in-law Shirley Banks, Eileen Appleby, brothers-in-law Bill Gordon, Ben Joseph, Murray Appleby, Syd Banks and nephews Mark Joseph and Bruce Gordon.
He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by a large extended family including his daughters Ellen and Louise Garfield, son- in-law Patrick Lee, brother Goody Garfield, sisters-in law Shirley Garfield, Margot Garfield and his many beloved nieces and nephews and devoted friends.
A Canadian Veteran, Bert served in WWII in the Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Corps of Signals on the west coast of Canada. For most of his professional life, Bert was the General Sales Manager of Van Kirk Chocolate (Chipits) and travelled extensively through Canada and the U.S. Bert was an avid sports aficionado and fine athlete, playing golf regularly at his beloved Westview Golf Club well into his 99th year.
The family would like to thank all the staff at Sunnybrook Veterans Centre for their compassionate, skilled care and loving support while he made it his final home.
In keeping with Dad's wishes there will be a graveside service on Monday, January 21, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Pardes Chaim Cemetery, (Community Section), 11818 Bathurst St., Vaughan (north of Gamble Rd.). Shiva following the burial at 77 St. Clair Ave. East, 3rd floor - code 9554. (Yonge and St. Clair area).
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Sunnybrook Foundation (Veterans Comfort Fund), 2075 Bayview Ave., Suite KGW-01, Toronto, ON M4N 3M5 or the charity of your choice.