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Shalom and Welcome

“In Toronto, we are blessed with a strong Jewish community, with rituals and customs that have united our people for thousands of years.

“These traditions are especially important when a death occurs. They comfort us as we grieve and provide a source of spiritual healing. At Benjamin’s, we honour these rites in a way that is meaningful for family and friends. We go above and beyond to help you in your time of loss.

“On this site, you will find the most updated information on services, shivas and unveilings. You will also find a wealth of information on our time-honoured Jewish mourning traditions.

“The Benjamin family has supported our community for four generations. If we can assist you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact us.”

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Randy Starkman 
Reuven Ben Velvel Ve Esther
Death Date: Monday, April 16, 2012 Yahrzeit Date: 24 Nisan 5772
Funeral Date: Thursday, April 19, 2012 Funeral Time: 01:00 PM
Funeral Place: Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel
Cemetery: Mt. Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery Section: Young Mens Hebrew Assoc.
Shiva Address: 41 Reiner Road, Toronto, Ontario, M3H 2L3
Shiva Direction & Info:
Bathurst Street, south of Sheppard Avenue. Turn right (west) at the third street, onto Reiner Road.
RANDY STARKMAN (1960-2012)

Randy would have just one thing to say right about now: "Can we please talk about somebody else?"

No, Rand. For once, you'll have to accept the spotlight - and know just what you mean to so many people. What you mean to your family, who adores you, to your colleagues, who admire you, and to the athletes, who cannot imagine London 2012 without you.

Randy, 51, died Monday, April 16, in the intensive care unit of St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, leaving an unimaginable void in a great many lives. He had been sick for little over a week with streptococcal pneumonia.

Whether it was the Olympic athletes, the many kids Randy did volunteer work for, or his old buddies from the neighborhood, it's remarkable how everyone is using the same words to describe him: "honest", "generous", "full of integrity", "selfless", "goofy."

As intense as Randy's work-life was, he gave so much of himself to everyone around him. And despite all his professional awards and accolades, nothing meant more to him than his life with Mary and Ella.

Randy was a doting son to his mom, Estelle, and a loving brother and brother-in-law to Laurie and Nancy, Fern and Scott, Denise and Peter, Joe and Veronica, Kelly and Randy and Stephen. He was a cherished uncle to Megan, Courtney, Jesse, Nicole, Bryce and Kennedy.

The funeral will be held at Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue W., (three lights west of Dufferin) on Thursday April 19th at 1:00 p.m. Interment in the YMHA section of Mt. Sinai Memorial Park. For shiva details please see the Benjamin's website ( Memorial donations may be made to Thinkfirst (416) 915-6565 or Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada (905) 477-7272.
Thinkfirst (416) 915-6565
Boys And Girls Clubs Of Canada (905) 477-7272
Other Information:
Evening services will be held on Thursday and Sunday at 8:00 p.m. Shiva will conclude Sunday evening April 22nd. Shiva visits daily from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Funeral Parking: Benjamin's parking lot will be open to those continuing onto the cemetery and for those requiring handicapped parking. For those not going to the cemetery, we would ask that you park at Home Depot, clear of their loading docks. Thank you for your understanding.