SCHWARTZ, Elmer Irving
With family by his side, Elmer passed away peacefully on May 9th, 2019 in Saskatoon. Elmer Irwin Schwartz is survived by his wife, Sharon Schwartz; daughter, Patti Schwartz (Gary Paulson); grandchildren, Dallas Schwartz (Bronwen Edelman); Kyle Schwartz (Cordell Strachan); great-grandchild, Leo Schwartz; sister, Jackie Pawson (Doug Pawson) and nephews, Chad (Meghan) and Brett (Michelle) Pawson. Elmer was predeceased by his son, Darren Schwartz, 2018. In 1935, Elmer was born in Rhein, Saskatchewan to, Emily and Jack Schwartz. Elmer’s accomplishments span over several decades. He graduated from Scott Collegiate in 1953 and subsequently was awarded a scholarship to the University of Minnesota in Duluth. He graduated from the latter institution with a B.A. in Business Administration and Economics in 1958. Upon graduation, he held personnel administration positions in the Saskatchewan Power Corporation, University Hospital, Department of Highways, and Saskatchewan Government Insurance. In 1968, Elmer obtained a Master of Science Degree in Hospital Administration from the University of Ottawa. In the same year, Elmer Schwartz assumed the position of Assistant to the Executive Director of the South Saskatchewan Hospital Centre in Regina. In 1970, he joined the Saskatchewan Hospital Associated as Director in Labour Relations. In July of 1971, Elmer joined the administrative team of Saskatoon City Hospital as Assistant Executive Director. He held this position until April 1975, when he was promoted to the position of Executive Director until his retirement. Elmer also was instrumental to the development of The Saskatoon Cancer Centre, severing on the board for 15 years. Following his retirement from health care, Elmer severed on many boards including, WCB and consulting in hospital administration, within Saskatchewan hospitals. Although his accomplishments stretched far, impacting many along the way, to his family, he was a symbol of strength and unconditional love. To his wife, Sharon he brought to life a living fairy tale- in this case it was not the shoe that changed her life, but rather the man. To his daughter, Patti he demonstrated the humble strengths of fatherhood and taught her to have respect for all- “never forget where you came from”. To his son, Darren he supported his dream and passion for music. To his grandsons, Dallas and Kyle a role model of perseverance and work ethic. To his sister, Jackie, a protector and “big brother”. Elmer was many things, making him a difficult man to grieve. We will miss you terribly as a Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle, Co-worker, Leader, and Mentor. A Celebration of Elmer’s Life will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at McClure United Church (4025 Taylor St. E.) in Saskatoon, SK. The presiding minister will be Rev. Debra Berg. The Interment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to either the Saskatoon Cancer Centre, City Hospital Foundation, or charity of your choice. The family would like to acknowledge the support of Saskatchewan Health Authority: Palliative Care, Homecare Services, Occupational Services; Dr. J. de Villiers, Dr. O. Ahmed, and Dr. B. Haver. Arrangements in care of John Schachtel – Mourning Glory Funeral Services (306) 978-5200.
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