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William Shalinsky

SHALINSKY, William - 1929 - 2019 Alec (Sara), Miriam and Dan announce the passing of their father William Shalinsky, loving husband, uncle, grandfather and great grandfather. Bill passed peacefully at Stratford General Hospital on April 6, 2019. Bill was born and raised in Montreal. Although his father and brother worked for the family clothing business, Progress Brand, Bill's talents and interests would lead him further afield. He completed a bachelor degree, a family first in those days, from McGill University. A love of downhill skiing in the Laurentians would lead him to meet his future wife Jennifer. They were soon married and son, Alec, and daughter, Miriam, were welcomed to the fold. Upon his graduation, he joined and quickly became a director at the YMHA in Montreal. In 1963, the Shalinskys bid adieu to Montreal and moved to Cleveland, OH to allow Bill to permit further scholastic endeavours where he embarked on Masters and Doctorate degrees in Social Work from Case Western University eventually completing these in 1967. Bill found an outlet for his penchant for camp activity organizing by volunteering at Camp Chi, part of JCC Chicago, located in the forests of Wisconsin. Bill, Jennifer, Alec and Miriam all fondly recalled these years including the welcoming community of Cleveland as well as numerous summers spent at Camp Chi. With the degrees completed and a student visa expiring, it was time to return to Canada this time settling in Waterloo where Bill began his teaching career, briefly at Wilfred Laurier and then at University of Waterloo in the department of Urban Planning within the faculty of Environmental Studies. This move back to Canada also nicely coincided with the arrival of second son, Dan. The Shalinskys settled first in Lincoln Heights and thereafter into a century home in Waterloo's downtown area where Bill & Jennifer would spend the next 30 years. The Shalinskys quickly became important members in the fledgling Temple Shalom and several community groups. It was during this time that Bill suffered two detached retinas rendering him with limited vision and no longer able to safely drive. Undeterred, Bill switched to walking everywhere (plus, occasionally, bike riding) and never once used his vision as a crutch to being self-sufficient. Even into his late-80's, he was still known for taking long daily walks, usually exceeding an hour, and completing his errands on foot. Bill's passion for teaching included volunteering at public schools in Waterloo and Goderich, and guest teaching trips to Cameroon and Thailand. He continued to keep in contact with many colleagues from these initiatives. Upon Bill's official retirement in 1994 after 25 years of teaching and various travels overseas, he and Jennifer settled down in Goderich, ON. Goderich was a wonderful and welcoming community for them and they again forged bonds with friends and neighbours. Bill's desire for teaching and mentoring was still as strong as ever. He volunteered his time and was welcomed by the staff at one of Goodrich's public schools where he provided teaching assistance such as math and reading tutoring and even teaching Hebrew to some Jewish students. Bill was recognized in 2016 with an Always Learning Award from the Avon Maitland District School Board. In the fall of 2018, Bill moved to Stratford and had happy and active final months at McCarthy Place and celebrated his milestone 90th birthday. In keeping with his penchant for teaching and learning, Bill chose to donate his body to science at the University of Waterloo in the Department of Anatomy & Kinesiology. Bill enjoyed many favourite pastimes over the years including downhill and cross-country skiing, cribbage, ping pong, camping and canoeing, and of course lots of walking. Bill was also a crossword puzzle enthusiast, voracious reader and became an avid painter in his retirement years. His painting works adorn many homes of friends and family. We would like invite friends to join us in celebration of Billís life on Sunday May 26 from 4:30p - 7p at Cait's Cafe, 168 Courthouse Square, Goderich, ON N7A 1N1 or on Saturday June 1 from 1:30p - 4p at Temple Shalom, 543 Beechwood Dr, Waterloo, ON N2T 2S8. In lieu of flowers, please donate generously to Doctors Without Borders (www.msf.ca).13336905
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A memorable life
Posted by Norma Horton (Friend) On Friday, May 24, 2019
Dear family of Bill:

On behalf of my deceased husband, I wish to send my sincere condolence in memory of the many years that John and Bill worked together in the School of Planning.

(John passed away on Oct. 16/17)

Norma Horton, Waterloo, Ontario


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