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Mendel Good Monday November 23 2020

GOOD (Aftergut), Mendel
Mendel passed away peacefully on Monday, November 23, 2020 at the age of 95. Mendel was born in Nowy-Sacz, Poland in1925 and immigrated to Ottawa, Canada in 1948. It was there that he met and fell in love with Valerie Blau, an immigrant from Hungary, who pre-deceased him in 2016 after celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary.
Mendel proudly leaves behind his children, Beverly Weinstein, Gloria and Ken Draper, and Bernie Good and Jennifer Joseph. Devoted Zaidy of Jordana and Joe Levey, Ashley and Fred Fruchter, Daniel and Rachel Draper, Dylan, Alexander, Aaron, Noah, and Leah. Delighted Great-Zaidy to Skylar, Meadow, Brandon and Devin.
Mendel has always shown strength and resilience. During his early life in Europe, Mendel endured seven years in numerous ghettos and both labour and concentration camps. His liberation in Ebensee by American troops was followed by three years in Austrian hospitals regaining his health. As a Holocaust survivor, Mendel was the sole survivor of his immediate family (parents and three siblings) and of his large extended family. At the age of 23 Mendel arrived in Ottawa under the sponsorship of the Garment Workers Program (Tailor Project). Mendel worked hard over 40 years and established the M. Good Tailor shop in the Byward Market, a business that is still open today.
Mendel was devoted to educating others on the lessons of the Holocaust. As a storyteller at heart he freely shared his positive spirit and smile with others. Mendel was especially proud that he was able to speak to thousands of students in Ontario about the lessons of the Holocaust. Mendel also chaired Ottawa’s Holocaust Rememberance Committee and was instrumental in erecting a monument to the six million in Ottawa’s Jewish Cemetary. In 1985, Mendel co-chaired the Canadian Gathering of Holocaust Survivors on the 40th Anniversary of the end of the war, bringing together hundreds of survivors and their children from across Canada to Parliament Hill.
In 2002 when Mendel and Valerie moved to Toronto to be closer to their children and grandchildren, the Ottawa community held a tribute event for them, where hundreds came to honour their dedication to perpetuating Holocaust education and community service. Mendel was forever thankful for the family and life that he and Valerie were able to establish in Canada.
Many thanks to the entire staff at Baycrest Apotex and in particular 5 South, where Mendel spent seven happy years under their exceptional care. Their devotion kept him joyful and comfortable over the years. He never shied away from telling everyone how he loved living there and continue the Jewish traditions. Mendel treasured each act of kindness shown to him with his big smile and a thank-you.
Also thanks to Mount Sinai Hospital Cardiac Units on 10 South staff who looked after Mendel in his last weeks. A special thanks to Dr. Leah Steinberg, from the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care, who supported Mendel and family, providing comfort and compassion during this time.
Donations in Mendel’s memory can be made to: Baycrest Foundation: The Valerie and Mendel Good Memorial Fund at or Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre at

Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Mendel Good Monday November 23 2020..

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  1. Mendel Good was a very smart and focused man, determined to tell the world what happened to him, his family, and of the other Jews who he encountered in the many camps that he was interned in, starved in, beaten in, mistreated in every possible way that the Nazis were capable of inventing, and he recounted all in great depth and clarity. He was a very much sought after speaker at schools. His Nationally organized Gathering of Holocaust Survivors living in Canada, held in Ottawa in 1985, was a very huge success, and very much appreciated by and cathartic for, the Holocaust survivors who were fortunate enough to be able to attend. Mendel had a very successful tailoring business, a very loving wife who he adored, and offspring who were his blessing.
    Elly Bollegraaf, Ottawa, ON

  2. Dear Bernie, Jennifer, Beverly and Gloria and your families.
    We are so sorry to learn of the passing of your amazing father. He was such a role model of strength and perseverance to so many. Whenever we saw him, which wasn’t often enough, he greeted us and everyone with the biggest ear to ear grin and warmest welcome. He always had a story to tell and always was so optimistic about life in spite of what he had personally endured. It was also wonderful to see him together with your mother Valerie and know how much they were in love after so many years .He will be a real loss to you and the community, But what a legacy he left you with…remarkable because he was remarkable.

  3. I watched Mendel deliver a number of talks to high school audiences. I once asked him how he dealt with students who question the veracity of the Holocaust, and he shared this episode with me. Mendel told me that a student had waited to tell him that he thought the Holocaust was an exaggerated fabrication. Others were have understandably reacted with disgust and anger. Mendel’s response was a true reflection of his incredible character and humanity. He told the boy in his gentle manner that he wished with all his heart and soul that his words were true.

    Y’hee Z’choro Baruch
    May Mendel’s memory always be a blessing to his family and to the Jewish people.

    Irv and Sheila Osterer
    Ottawa, ON

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