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Obituary- Marshall Haid -August 1, 2012

Marshall Ernest Haid passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at the age of 75, at Seven Oaks Hospital.

 Marshall is survived by his wife and soul mate Elba Haid, daughter Lara Secord-Haid and his furry friend Einstein. Also surviving him are his children from a previous marriage, Phillip (Susan) Haid, Erin (Paul) Essiembre, Darcy (Dieter) Brunning-Haid and grand-children, Daniel and Jacob Haid, Amélie Haid-Essiembre, and Misha and Gino Brunning-Haid. Marshall is also survived by brothers, Harry (Elspeth) and Sydney (Judy) and numerous nieces and nephews. Marshall was predeceased by his infant son Euro, his father Phillip and his beloved mother Rose.

 Marshall was born on November 8, 1936 and grew up in south Winnipeg. He graduated from Architecture from the University of Manitoba and received his Masters in Architecture in Stockholm, Sweden. It was during his time in Sweden that his love for modern, avante garde designs grew, although he also won numerous awards for restoring heritage buildings.

His architectural designs can be found throughout Winnipeg and Manitoba and include schools, hospitals, office buildings and private residences. All are a testament to his creativity and design excellence for which Marshall received many awards including the Premier's Award for Design Excellence in 1982 and Preservation Awards for Excellence from Heritage Winnipeg in 1987 and 1989. Marshall was a principal of Haid, Haid Donner which was the largest architectural practise in the province of Manitoba at that time, and then went on to be the owner of Marshall Haid Associates.

Marshall had to wind down his architectural practice due to ill health after practicing for 46 years. During that time, he served as a council member of the Manitoba Association of Architects from 1970 to 1976 and as association president in 1972 and 1974.

When Marshall was not practicing architecture he used his talents to create art, jewellery and writing as well as to support Manitoba's arts community. He served on the boards of the Winnipeg Art Gallery and Manitoba Arts Council and was a faithful patron of Manitoba Opera, the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Winnipeg Symphony, and Canadian Human Rights Museum. Marshall was also proud of his Jewish heritage and supported the Winnipeg Jewish community. Marshall had a love for opera that was handed down from his mother Rose and he was ecstatic that his daughter Lara was pursuing a career in said field.

 Marshall's love for people was only surpassed by how much people loved him in return. His legion of admirers included his friends from childhood, his peers and the many friends, both young and old, that he made over his lifetime.

Special thanks to Dr. John Rabson who helped to keep a heart of gold beating for decades. Also to Dr. Sean Armstrong who made a valiant effort to give Marshall his new lease on life. Also many thanks to the Renal Departments at the Health Sciences Centre and Seven Oaks Hospital. Also special thanks to his many caregivers, including Valerie who was there until the end as well as Angela Pollett who kept him in line the past six years.

Marshall's funeral took place on Friday, August 3 at Shaarey Zedek Synagogue, followed by burial at the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery, with Rabbi Allan Green officiating. Shiva was observed at 111 Grenfell Blvd. His honourary pallbearers were Donald Bass, John Michaels, Herbert Liffman, Garth Grieder and Doug Locheed. Pallbearers were Campbell Mackie, Earl Golden, Murray Blankstein, Arthur Liffman, Israel Ludwig and Dr. Jeremy Rose.

 Marshall, your memory will live on in all your family and friends. We love you. Donations can be made to Canadian Human Rights Museum, Manitoba Opera Endowment Fund, or to the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

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