Frank Medjuck, lawyer and real estate developer, to be remembered in Halifax
Memorial service will be held 4:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Beth Israel Synagogue
A memorial service will be held this week for lawyer and real estate developer Frank Medjuck, who helped shape the city's skyline with his landmark projects.
The 71-year-old died in Halifax on March 14 after a battle with cancer and was buried in Israel.
"My father was a good person in every sense of the word. A good friend, he was respectful, charitable and funny," his daughter Bena Medjuck-Bruckner wrote for a eulogy delivered at the funeral in Israel.
"He was always going to be the person who helped someone privately, or who gave generously of his money and his personal time to help raise someone's spirits or to help pay for a community event."
Medjuck was born in Halifax and earned his law degree from Dalhousie University. He had a master's degree in town planning from University College London.
After moving back to Halifax, Medjuck began working with his brother Ralph Medjuck at the Centennial Group Limited.
Helped build Halifax landmarks
For more than 40 years the two worked together on real estate developments that included the Toronto-Dominion Bank building on Barrington Street, apartment buildings such as Park Victoria and LeMarchant Towers, and hotels including the Citadel Inn, the Lord Nelson Hotel, the Prince George Hotel and the Cambridge Suites Hotel.
He was also very active in the Jewish community and edited two books about Nova Scotia's Jewish history.
"He was a significant personality in the city of Halifax," said Mayor Mike Savage.
"He certainly did a lot for the community, he was involved in a lot of things from his faith point of view but also his community point of view ... he's going to be missed."
Connected to his faith
Medjuck-Bruckner says her father had a passion for life and finding new challenges. At the age of 60, he decided to rappel down an office building in Halifax and volunteer in the Israeli army.
In his 60s, he even completed two cycling marathons, travelling 350 kilometres in charity races between Jerusalem and Eilat. The connection to Israel remained strong throughout his life, his daughter said in her eulogy.
Medjuck-Bruckner says her father once went on a secret mission to the Soviet Union to seek out and meet with Jewish families who were trying to get to Israel from Moscow, Odessa and St. Petersburg.
"He was aspirational about his religiosity, his Zionism, about keeping family connections strong, and about nurturing a strong future for Yiddishkeit in general," she said.
A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Beth Israel Synagogue in Halifax.
With files from Steve Berry