|Birth: ||Jul. 24, 1914|
|Death: ||Jul. 11, 2007|
Yehuda (Edwin) Mirvish opened his discount store in Toronto in 1948. Known as Honest Ed's, it's located at Bloor and Bathurst Streets. In 1962 he bought the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto's downtown and saved the historic venue — which opened in 1907 — from demolition. Mirvish's efforts helped revitalize Toronto's theatre district and was credited with making Toronto one of the most important cities for theatre in North America.
His Honest Ed's Discount Store, a landmark since it opened in 1948, sports big orange signs proclaiming "Honest Ed's" lit by thousands of flashing lights and humorous plaques with slogans such as "Honest Ed is for the birds … cheap, cheap, cheap." For somebody who billed himself as cheap, Honest Ed was a generous soul. Beginning in the late 1980s, he hung a sign on his store every Christmas saying "You've got a date with a turkey." He then gave away more than 1,000 frozen birds to the needy and shipped enough food to a Salvation Army shelter to give another 2,000 people a turkey dinner.
Mr. Mirvish was also a well-known philanthropist. He was a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, a Member of the Order of Canada and the recipient of more than 250 awards. He leaves his wife, Anne; his son, David, a theatrical producer; three grandchildren; his sister, Lorraine, and his extended family.
The funeral service took place at Beth Tzedec Synagogue located at 1700 Bathurst Street, south of Eglinton Avenue, on Friday, July 13, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. followed by a strictly private family Shiva. Instead of flowers the Mirvish family has asked that donations to support up and coming entrepreneurs be sent to the Ed Mirvish Educational Memorial Fund c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON, M6A 2C3.
Mr. Mirvish's death as reported in the Toronto Star
Mr. Mirvish in Wikipedia
Anne Lazar Mirvish (1919 - 2013)*
Pardes Shalom Cemetery
York Regional Municipality
Plot: Holy Blossom Temple
Created by: JWT
Record added: Jul 13, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 20427882
Added: Oct. 25, 2015
Added: Jul. 24, 2014
Ed you and Anne have re-united, Anne i've been crying drastically since i heard you passed yesterday but at least you and Ed are together now god bless u both Toronto will never forget either of you!!|
Added: Sep. 21, 2013
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