In Memory Of HABER, Dr. Leo Richard


Visitation Information

St. Monica's Church
6405 de Terrebonne
Montreal, Quebec
February 18, 2019
14:00 - 17:00 / 19:00 - 21:00

Service Information

St. Monica Church
6405 de Terrebonne
Montreal, Quebec
February 19, 2019
HABER, Dr. Leo Richard “Rick”,
age 76, passed away suddenly on February 7, 2019 in Cozumel, Mexico, one of his favourite spots in the world. He leaves to mourn his beloved wife of more than 52 years, Patricia-Ann (nee Dawson), his children Alexandria (Alain), Damian (Vanessa), Julian (Anne), Christopher (Paola), Dan and Jennifer (Alex), and his "adopted" daughter, Andrea; his grandchildren Zoe, Bella, Juana, Tobias, Declan, Oscar, Tessa, Agatha and soon-to-arrive Emmanuela, as well as numerous siblings, in-laws, nieces and nephews, friends, colleagues, current and former patients, and fellow members of St. Monica’s Parish.
Rick was born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, grew up in Burlington and Hamilton, Ontario, was educated at McMaster University and moved to Montreal with his young family in 1970 where he became a pillar of the community, a devoted pediatrician of more than 35 years’ experience, and a Roman Catholic deacon who enjoyed all of his religious duties, but most especially his role in baptizing babies — more than 500 children in over 30 years of service. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him, none more so than his family, whom he cared for so deeply and loved so dearly, as they loved and continue to love him.
Viewings to be held at St. Monica’s Parish, 6405 Terrebonne St., Montreal, QC, H4B 1A8 on Monday, February 18, 2019 from 2:00 to 5:00pm, and from 7:00 to 9:00pm, with a prayer service at 8:00pm.
A funeral mass will be held at the same church on the following day, Tuesday, February 19, at 11:00am, to be followed by a reception in the church basement starting at 12:30pm. A graveside burial for family and close friends will take place following the reception.
The burial will be at Notre Dame des Neiges Cemetery, 4601 Cote des Neiges, at 3:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations to either St. Monica’s Parish ( or the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation ( in Rick’s name would be gratefully received.
"No, the journey doesn't end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it... White shores, and beyond, a far green country under a swift sunrise." — Gandalf, from The Lord of The Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Special thanks to his dear friends Fr. Ray, for his exceptional support in a time of great need; Manny, for his fortitude; and all of Rick and Patty-Ann’s friends in Cozumel who were there for them when they needed them most. "Well done, good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord.”

Messages for the Family of HABER, Dr. Leo Richard

From: Michael Shevell

Rick was a devoted family man, a terrific physician, a dedicated teacher, a pillar of his faith, and a most valued, treasured and cherished friend and colleague. He will be greatly missed by all who were blessed to have known him.
From: Geoffrey Dougherty

Rick was a trusted colleague and great friend. Dedicated to his patients, his students and his fellow paediatricians. A man of faith and family and community. We will all miss him dearly.
From: Salee Razack

I am deeply saddened at the loss of Dr. Haber. He was such an advocate for children and for the Children’s. He will be missed as a colleague. My heartfelt condolences ti his family.
From: Danuta Balicki

I would like to extend my deepest sympathies, and heartfelt condolences to all the members of Dr. Richard Haber's family. I pray that his soul rests in peace, surrounded by God's love.
From: Sasha John and Christian Lobaugh

Dear Patricia and family, our hearts are broken and we can only imagine how you feel at this loss. I know that Rick is in heaven and that he looks down on us and tells us "Don't worry, in a little while we will all be together again", but my heart still feels heavy. Through our tears, I will believe in the promise that we will see Rick again and I pray that you are daily reminded of how much Rick loved you, his family.
From: Rosemary Cinelli & John McCall, Michael, Jonathan and Anthony

Dear Mrs Haber and family,
Our sincerest sympathies for your loss. We could not have asked for a better person to baptize my 3 boys. Deacon Haber made the ceremony so meaningfull and special. Doctor Haber was always there for them, made sure they had the best care, and truly cared about their well being. He understood how we worried as parents. We are so grateful for all his help over the last 22 years and will deeply miss his kindness and warm smile. He will forever be very special to us.
From: Naomi Stein Gerry Ahronheim

Dear pattie-Anne and family
rick was a great colleague and friend - a wonderful teacher and physician
We will miss him
From: Joseph Blain

Growing up with Richard and his wonderful 9 brothers and sisters has been an important part of my life. Knowing Richard and Patty Anne and their 6 wonderful children has also enriched us. He leaves a profound heritage. We can only pray:
In paradisum deducant te Angeli:
in tuo adventu suscipiant te Martyres,
et perducant te in civitatem sanctam Jerusalem,
Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Jerusalem.

Ave atque vale Care Ricarde

From: Stephane Carriere

Sincere Sympathies and Condolences to the Haber clan.

Richard touched us all and profoundly influenced so many, young and old. He will live on in our memories and our hearts.
From: Maria Cinelli

Dear Patty and family,
We join in your sorrow as we mourn your great loss.
Our hearts are filled with gratitude for having the privilege to be part of Richard's Baptismal team for the past 25 years. His dedication and commitment to this Ministry
team for the past 25 years. His dedication and commitment to this Ministry deeply enriched our faith in God. He was a mentor, teacher and friend to both of us
Thank you, for the many hours you shared his time with us.
Maria & Raffaele
From: Chi-Minh Phi

A fixture, both at the Montreal Children's Hospital and abroad, Dr. Haber's passing will leave a whole in our Pediatrics community as a colleague, a teacher, and a caregiver to his many patients. Deep condolences to everyone close to him.
From: Sandra Woods, Real Laurencelle.

Our sincere sympathy Patty Anne.Real and I treasure fond memories of the wonderful times we've enjoyed together.We will miss him.
From: Maggie

The halls of the Children's will never be the same. Dr. Haber had an infections smile, a great sense of humor and a great appreciation for life. I will truly miss his energy and spirit. May you rest in peace dear brother.
From: Ellen David

Dear Alex and family,

Sending all of you my deepest sympathy and condolences on the loss of your dear father. I know your father was a wonderful man, deeply loved, and cherished by his family, friends and community. May the love of all those who knew and were touched by him give you strength at this difficult time, and may his memory be a blessing.
From: Janelle Allard

Dearest Haber family,

I am so deeply sorry to hear this sad news. I met your father on several occasions at parties and he was such a great, funny, lovely man. He touched many lives and will be greatly missed by so many.
Sending you lots of healing love your way.
xox Janelle
From: Sharon Dawson

My heartfelt sympathies to you all. Sending big love
From: Odette Quenneville

My most sincere condolences to Patti and the entire family. Rich was a great human-being and co-worker. I have very fond memories of his expressions of kindness and love shown to all those around him. A man of deeply rooted faith who stood by his values and beliefs. He will be greatly missed by many, but none as much as his lovely wife, family, parish and work communities. May he rest in the unconditional love and peace of God. May his prayers from up above comfort all those who mourn. 🙏🏻😢❤️
From: stephen liben

A caring doctor, a real gentleman, and a fine human being.
Rick will be deeply missed by all of us at the Children's hospital.
With deepest condolences to all his family and friends
From: Dr. Sherif Emil

Dearest Rick

No matter how difficult my day was, seeing you with your predictable smile and the cross hanging high on your chest brightened my day and reminded me that I was in the company of greatness. My heart has been heavy with sadness but knowing where you are now --"Truly I tell you -- today, you will be with me in paradise" -- brings me great comfort. You were always ready to move on to eternal life. May the peace of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ-- our suffering God who suffers with us -- permeate the hearts of your family and all those who mourn your passing. Your legacy continues on through the thousands of patients, colleagues, and friends who have been touched by your life.
From: Ron Gottesman

Rick was always the quintessential gentleman and model pediatrician. His legacy will be the many students and residents who he taught and instilled the highest values of our profession. He always had a smile and will be a sorely missed friend and colleague. My sincerest condolences to his family.
From: Felicia and Bill

We love you ALL. Your family has lost a beautiful soul too soon.
We send you so much love and light as you traverse what is an incredibly heart gutting time.
Our memories over the years I know will be kept close to our hearts. We cherish and will continue to cherish them.
So much Love, Bill and Felicia
From: Jennifer Stern

Dr Haber had such an incredible way of caring for children. His knowledge and care spans generations as he was both my paediatrician and my son’s. May his family be comforted by his memory and the community that Dr Haber was a pillar of. To Chris and Julian, and the Haber family, please accept my deepest sympathies.
From: Danica Skirly

It was a pleasure to meet him and work with him in the asthma clinic.
I am so truly saddened at his sudden passing. He was a great teacher and will
be missed by all who came into his path of light.
My deepest condolences to his family and friends.
From: Julie Rice and Harry Gittens

To Alex and family.
Our deepest, heartfelt sympathies to all of you at this sad time. Dr. Rick was a sweet,caring man and we are lucky to have known him. I will always remember his kindness to us.
May you find strength in all your cherished memories.
God bless.
From: Arthur Holden

To Patty-Ann and the entire extended Haber family,
Claire and I offer you our deepest condolences. Rick was smart and funny and wise and kind. He embodied, truly and steadily, the Christian goodness in which he placed his faith. And though he left us far too soon, he still had time to create, with Patty-Ann, a family that will go on reflecting, every day, the light of his love.
From: Laurie Plotnick

Dear Haber Family,
My deepest condolences on the loss of a wonderful man and physician. He will be truly missed within our department and the greater community.

Laurie Plotnick
(pediatrician within the Department of Pediatrics)
From: Bethana Sullivan

Dear Patty-Ann and your children, Alexandra, Damien, Christopher, Julien, Daniel, Jennifer(and I know I am missing one of but I recognize you in my heart;

How much I and we grieve the vibrant light and life that imbued Richard's body,mind, emotions and spirit. With his deep faith he fills the molecues of oxygen of the earth herself and the dimension called heaven, the place where souls are renewed . Richard lives in my memoroes, in the faces and beings of all of you ,in the stories told and the music played, in the laughter and arguements around multitude of dinnertables; ;
Richard, though miles separarted us and our visits lessened over the years, our time spent together, -the memories of you with Mom(Betty Sullivan -Blain), the deep and roaming conversations we had filled the spaces within and without. Mom and your loving family spirits await you, welcoming you home.

Loving you thoughout time

Bethana Sullivan
From: Betty, Brodie and Curtis Dawson

Sending love to Patsy, children and family... soooo sorry to hear this sad news...
From: Sheila MacDonald and Barry Mair

Dear Patty-Anne and family,
We are so very sorry to learn of your loss. It is devastating news, for his family first of all, his friends and his community. Our hearts and prayers are with you. Unfortunately we will be unable to attend because we are in Mexico for the next several weeks.
Love and hugs from Sheila and Barry
From: Brett Schrewe

To Dr Haber's family,

My deepest condolences to you on the loss of a kind and wonderful pediatrician, teacher, and person. Dr Haber was one of my co-preceptors for resident continuity clinic throughout residency and was one of the people that made the Children's not just a place for training, but a home for me and for so many of us. Warm thoughts from out west and take good care of yourselves.
From: Ed and GUDI DAWSON

Dear Pat and family...there are no words!..please accept our deepest condolences ...thinking of you glad you and Rick made it to DawsonFest last year..everybody was able to have a nice chat with Rick.

We will see you all next week and hugs from Ed, Gudi and family!...❤️
From: Louise T Auger

To all members of the Haber family,

I wish to express to you my deepest condolences for your loss, so untimely and so shocking. Rick and I were colleagues for the past 28 years at the Pediatric Consultation Center at the Montreal Children's hospital. He will be greatly missed.
From: Fanny, Shawn and Monty Campbell

Dearest Patty-Ann, Alex, Al, Zoe, Bella, Tobias, Declan and the entire Haber family,

Shawn, Monty and I want to offer our deepest sympathies for your shocking and sudden loss; he was taken much too soon. We will forever be grateful for Rick to have taken such good care of Monty as his first doctor... and calming a fretful new mother.
Nothing can fill your loss right now, we know.... but KNOW that this entire community of friends holds you in their hearts... we love you.
We will be making a donation to the Children's in his memory...
From: Jfernandes

Dear Haber family,
Most sincere condolences during this difficult and sad time.Dr.Haber touched many lives and will be sorely missed.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Jo-Ann Fernandes and family
From: Adrian Dancea

To the entire Haber family,
My most sincere sympathy on the passing of a great man and a fixture in the Montreal Children's community. I will remember him as someone who paused, listen and engaged his colleagues with curiosity. His advice was wise, measured and respected. He remained to the end a fierce advocate for the interest of his patients and for the education of young physicians. May he rest in peace.
From: Elena Shalabanova

Dear Chris,
I'm very sorry for the loss of your Dad. I met him briefly when I was looking for help for my son Michael, and I know that Dr. Haber was very well respected in the medical community.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
From: The Children's Clinic

Our deepest, heartfelt sympathies to the Haber family.
Dr. Haber will be remembered as a dedicated physician, great teacher and caring person.
He will be truly missed by the entire staff at The Children’s Clinic and by the numerous families he has touched.
Our sincerest condolences,
From: Carole O’Beirne

Dear Patty-Ann and family,

Rick was an upstanding colleague and friend full of intelligence, warmth, excellence, strength and solidarity. We were blessed to know him.

I had been reminded just recently too of the fact that the young Pediatrician who had very patiently guided myself and a friend as high school volunteers at Montreal Children’s Hospital in the late 70’s had been Rick himself. His was a great dedicated influence on so many.

Requiescat in pace

Carole O’Beirne
From: Michaela Georgescu

My most sincere condolences to the Haber family, one that I used to be a part of. I remember fondly the wonderful times we had together, North Hatley, the wise and not so wise talks, all the dinners Patty-Ann worked so hard for everyone to enjoy, the holidays we spent together, and the various personalities that made your family so endearing, special and unique. Rick was a ridiculously intelligent man, devoted to his family, religion and church, and to the Hippocratic oath that he took. It was a privilege to have been so close to such an influential, involved, and productive member of our society. May he rest in peace. xoxoxo
From: Bethany Foster

I am richer for having known Dr. Haber, a dedicated pediatrician and colleague, and a true gentleman. He never shied away from the difficult cases and brought much hope and comfort to the patients and families he cared for. He was a pleasure to see in the halls of the hospital and will be greatly missed. My sympathies.

Beth Foster
From: Emma Boddington-Stubbs

My sincerest condolences to your beautiful family. Thinking of you all at this time. Xxx
From: Liane Tusa

Dearest Haber Family...You are loved and thought of at this difficult time. I am so sorry for your loss. I feel for all of you and wish you warmth and comfort during this sad time.
From: June Ortenberg and Family

To dearest Patty Ann and the entire family,

Our deepest sympathies for the tragic loss of someone so beloved.
Rick was a respected mentor and a treasured friend over decades.
His heart was matched in size only by his positive energy, but nothing was bigger than his desire to contribute positively to the lives of others. He was guided daily by respect for his neighbor and by the sheer pleasure he clearly derived from relating - as an educator, physician ,friend, clergyman and so much more .
Rick was a most professional, dynamic and warm presence at the Children's, which I know many will continue to appreciate and honor.
Please know that our hearts are with you .
From: Bernie and Abby Rosenblatt

Our condolences to the entire family. Rick was a wonderful colleague and friend. May his memory be a blessing to the entire family.
From: Veronique Morinville

I had the privilege of being taught by Dr. Haber as a student and resident, and working with him as a colleague. Kind, polite, helpful, dedicated, professional. He would always smile and take time to say hi when we ran into each other in the hallway, at times lamenting how much more difficult it was to see people at the Glen compared to the "old" hospital.

My deepest condolences to the entire family. Please take strength in the knowledge that he made a significant mark on many working at the Children's today, and on the countless children he treated.
From: Abdallah Chidiac

Sincères condoléances
From: Denis Lafontaine

Our heartfelt condolences go out to Patty and the entire Haber family.
From: Wozniak Family

We first met Dr. Haber in 1976 . We were living in Chateauguay and were referred by our pediatrician. It was our first child, a daughter, she was having tummy aches. We were so impressed by Dr. Haber, that when we moved to Dollard one year later, we continued to see him with our daughter & our son who was born three years later. Dr. Haber was a loving caring person, who listened to you and gave you sound advice. He took care of not only our two children but also later our three grandchildren. May God bless him and give him a special place in heaven. Our heartfelt condolences to his family The Wozniak Family
From: Melissa brown

Rick was a great brother in-law and a wonderful uncle, he will be missed dearly. Love Melissa, Jeff and family, xoxoxo
From: Diane Munz, pediatrician

It was always a pleasure to work with Rick, whether on hospital or community pediatric activities. He had excellent ideas on outreach, on teaching, and pionneered charitable donations from our group to help community food banks and families in need. He will be sorely missed.
From: Christine Guerrera

I am so saddened to hear of Dr. Haber’s passing. He was the most wonderful paediatrician to my 3 children who are now all in their 30´s. We could always count on his wisdom, intelligence, and decisiveness to handle all our illnesses and worries through the years. My deepest sympathies to his wife and children who I thank from the bottom of my heart for sharing him with all of us. God rest his precious soul and be with you all at this difficult time.
From: Sandy Gagola

Patty & family My sincerest condolences doc will be so very missed by everyone who was blessed to have enjoyed his company.
From: Lisa

Our sincere condolences. My kids were patients of Dr. Haber from 2005-2016.
From: Neil Barclay

I'm so shocked and saddened to learn of Rick's passing. He remains in my memory as the ebullient 30-year old dad I met as a child when you moved onto Prince of Wales. Truth be told, he never seemed to age much, and I was always glad to see his wide smile whenever I'd visit St. Monica's. He was a great friend to my mom during their years working together on a myriad of parish organisations and she treasured him. A lot of people will miss him but I am thinking about Patty-Ann, Damian, Alex, Julian, Christopher and the rest of your beautiful family. All my love, Neil/xox....
From: Catherine ,David ,Christian ,Alexandereuart

Dear Patty -Anne ,Alex,Damien,Julian,Chris ,Danny and Jennifer
We are heartbroken at Rick’s passing and our thoughts and love are with you all.We will cherish forever our memories of Rick...a wonderful brother,brother-in -law and Uncle to us...and to you Patty-Anne especially ,we share your profound sorrow but know the spirit and essence of Rick will always be with us all.
Love Cath,David,Christian and Alexander
From: Wayne & Nancy Young

Our sincere condolences. He was a wonderful pediatrician. I don't know how I would have managed without his guidance & expertise.
From: Vincent Blain

Dear Patty Anne and family:

Oh what a joy it has been to know Rick and you and your whole family. You will always be bright shining lights in our lives.

Love and lamentations, Vincent and Judy-Turner Blain
From: Teresa Rudkin

I am so shocked and so deeply sad. What a gentle, kind, wonderful man. He was responsible for our 80+ Family Medicine residents who rotate through the Children's each year. So his influence and legacy has been spread across the country.
How fortunate we have been to have known and worked with him.
I really miss him.
From: Kathryn

To the family of Dr Haber,
I was so blessed to find this wonderful Man and Dr. to support me through many childhood illnesses with my daughters.His gentle manner and understanding nature where supportive and encouraging.May he rest in peace and my condolences during this time of loss to his family.
Kathryn Griffin (Tougas)
From: The Gualtieri family

Dr haber was the best Dr and man i was so blessed to have met. He was always helpful kind and caring. We will miss him alot.
From: Peter W. Hart

Doctor Haber took care of 4 of my 5 kids as well as most of my 8 grandchildren. He was kind, compassionate and wise... the type of doctor who comforted kids and parents alike. Although I did not know him well, his name was always spoken with reverence in our home. My deepest condolences to his family.
From: Ned Cox

A truly wonderful man. He will be missed by all of us. Deepest condolences to his extraordinary family.
From: Natasha

Thinking of the Haber Family my sincerest condolences on Deacon Richard’s passing he is truly missed but he will remain in all our hearts he is home with God and watching over us as one of God’s angels Rest In Peace Deacon Ric
From: Alice M. Chan-Yip

It is very sad and unexpected news for me to learn about the passing of our dear colleague, Dr. L. Rick Haber, with whom I had the pleasure of working at the Montreal Children's Hospital during my last decades in consultation pediatric practice. He was a diligent administrator, leading a team of colleagues in ambulatory pediatric consultation practice with emphasis on quality clinical care and teaching. I had much fond memories of collaborative work in his team. I wish to send my sincere condolence to his family.
From: Harvey and Pat Guyda

Pat and I offer our sincere condolences to Patricia-Ann and the entire Haber family on their sudden loss. Rick was a core member of the Department of Pediatrics and a role model for generations of health care professionals. Despite his large private practice, Rick made a major commitment to the care of children at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. As his former “boss” , I knew that I could count on him to take on the most difficult tasks, with his endearing smile, and commitment to excellence. Rick will be missed.
Harvey and Pat Guyda
From: Alison Grana

My brothers and I were lucky enough to have Dr. Haber as our family doctor when we were children. When I moved back to Montreal I called the office to see if he would be able to take my two children as patients and we were welcomed with open arms.
My daughter has special needs and Dr. Haber was amazing with her and always took the time to see not just how she was doing but how I was doing as well.

My heartfelt sympathies to Patty Anne and the entire Haber family.

The Grana's xo
From: louise Koclas

Mes plus sincères condoléances à la famille à la suite du grand départ de notre cher collègue Rick. Il était de la lignée des grands pédiatres. Il a su donner à la communauté, à ses patients et à tous les étudiants. je garderai de lui le souvenir d`un homme souriant intègre, et dévoué. Il va nous manquer. Au revoir Rick!
From: Cindy dawson

Hi patsy, so sorry for your loss, thank god you have such a loving warm family to help you get through this, sending our love Cindy and family
From: O.& G. von Finckenstein

Dear Patty-Ann, Alex, Damian, Julian, Chris, Dan and Jenny,

We wish to offer our deepest, heartfelt condolences on the passing of our friend
Dr. Richard Haber, who left us so suddenly, in the prime of his life.
We shall miss him sorely and hope his large family and circle of friends will find
the strength to face this loss.

Otch and Grashina
From: Marylee Morgan

Dear Pat and family
So very sad to hear of your loss! You and your loved ones are very much in my thoughts.
Love, Marylee Healy Morgan
From: Marylee Morgan

Dear Pat and family
So very sad to hear of your loss! You and your loved ones are very much in my thoughts.
Love, Marylee Healy Morgan
From: Jennifer Walton

I was so saddened this week when I heard of Dr. Haber's sudden passing. I was fortunate to benefit from his guidance and mentorship during my training at the Montreal Children's Hospital, and so enjoyed catching up with him at the annual Canadian Pediatric Society meetings in recent years. I will fondly remember his kindness, patience, and willingness to share his time and expertise. My thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.
From: Soili Kukkonen

Deepest, sincere condolences Patty-Ann and the whole Dr. Haber’s family. I will always treasure fond memories of the times working with him. He truly was an exceptional doctor.
From: Dr Claudette Bardin

My sincere condoleances to the family of Rick as we called him at MCH. What a shock. RRick was a positive generous collegue, the pillar in charge of the ambulatory general pediatric clinics for so many years. A human being impossible to forget
From: Tara Saxe

I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Haber. My brothers and I were fortunate to have Dr. Haber as our pediatrician when we were children. He was always extremely caring, kind and patient. My deepest sympathies to the Haber family.
From: Belinda Rother

My family and I were so very sad to hear of Dr. Haber’s passing. From 1980, he was a caring and conscientious paediatrician to our three children and grandson. Dr. Haber’s little grin told of his love for his work and the thousands of children he cared for. Rest In Peace, dear Dr. Haber. You will be sorely missed!
From: Bruce Herbert

I send my deepest sympathies and prayers to Dr. Haber's family and friends for your loss. I also express the sadness and the appreciation in the name of the Archdiocese of Kinshasa. Dr. Haber recently donated much of his West-Island medical and office equipment when he recently closed this pediatric clinic, The donation was handled through the auspices of the charity CSDD QUEBEC (a subsidiary charity affiliated with Caritas Kinshasa) This donation serves as a small part of Doctor Haber's legacy. It will help improve the quality of medical evaluation and medical services for the children of Kinshasa by the doctors who serve that Archdiocese.
From: Ella Peplowski- Classen

To the family of Dr, Haber, Please accept our sincerest condolences. Dr Haber was a kind, smart, no nonsense doctor who took excellent care of not only my two children, he also took care of me as a new mother.
I fondly remember his family pictures around the pool which he proudly displayed in his office! Dr Haber will be missed! May he Rest In Peace.
From: Jacenta and Michel GIRARD

Dear Patty Ann and family,

I admired Richard for his strength of character and his faith. I will continue to be inspired by the the example he set throughout his life as a father, husband, deacon, paediatrician; he was always a strong role mode and pillar for my family, a true family patriarch. I am truly blessed to have known him and honoured that he was present and had an instrumental role at many celebrations and important milestones (wedding, baptism, anniversaries). Please accept my deepest condolences and although no words can really help ease your grief, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer.
From: Marie J. Béland

To the Haber family,
My sincerest condolences to you all. Rick was a beautiful human being, a generous and gentle man whose common sense approach to medicine I greatly admired. He was a frequent visitor to my cardiology clinic where he would appear with a resident, medical student or other budding health professional in tow for an impromptu discussion and teaching moment, to the great pleasure of all. His complete dedication to his students, patients and his faith were inspiring.
I am very sorry for your loss,
Dr. Marie J. Béland
From: Ines Mahjoub

Cher docteur Haber,
Pendant ces longues années, tu as pris soin de mes enfants comme s'ils étaient les tiens.
Tu as pris soin, à chacun de mes visites à ta clinique, de prendre de mes nouvelles, toi, qui savait pertinemment comme le rôle d'un parent pouvait être exigent. Tu n'as jamais hésité de prendre un peu de ton temps précieux pour me parler et me donner des conseils judicieux. Tu as su apaiser mes doutes et mes peurs et me réconforter lorsque ça allait moins bien. Tu me manques déjà terriblement.
Je suis choyée que la vie nous ait permis de nous connaître et je te serai à tout jamais reconnaissante pour ta bienveillance, ton humanité et ta générosité.
Iris et Noa, mes enfants, tes protégés, pensent à toi très fort et t'aiment.
Que ton âme repose en paix.
From: Jim Regan

Well my old friend, I read the beautiful obituary in today’s Hamilton Spectator. I have not seen you for too long a time but we sure had some great times back in grade school at St. Joseph’s. Richard was one of My Gang of young hooligans, maybe 8 years old. Our parents, Jim and Audrey were close friends with Leo and Pat. We hung around our house at 139 Stanley playing ball and having wonderful talks about the future ahead of us. Of course erudite Richard talked and we listened. He was so smart. I remember in grade 2 he called our teacher, a nun, “despicable”. I had no idea what the word meant but I figured Richard was in big trouble but was amazed when all she did was laugh and say, “Oh Richard!” Meanwhile I was getting the strap twice a week. The price of an inferior vocabulary huh. OK bet you get the idea II could go on forever and you should be grateful that I am in Hamilton and not Montreal. So the ceremony will not go on forever. But so many memories.
Just let me say that when I read the obituary today I was impressed but not in the least surprised to hear of the exemplary first-rate manner Richard lived his life. Such achievements! But the greatest of all if you will allow me, is that in the final analysis, he will be sorely missed by so many but none more so than his family who loved him and will continue to love him. It’s sadly not always that way. Well done Richard.
A road well traveled and a race well run. John P! RIP pal.
From: Lakmali

Dear Mrs Haber and family,

I'm one of the residents who was doing PCC rotation at MCH under him before he left for Mexico.
He was such a great teacher and was like a father to us. I'm undergoing a high risk pregnancy and on top of that Trisomy testing came high risk and I was waiting for secondary tests' results. Everyday he was checking on me and asked me to send him a mail as soon as I got the results though he would be in vacation.
I was going to send the mail the night before , but then thought I would send it on Friday. On Friday heard this shocking sad news.
I would never forget his kindness and care to me . It is true for all the residents. We all miss him.

May his soul rest in peace.
From: Alex Mbongo

Au nom des enfants orphelins du VIH. Autistes abandonnés et enfants de rue de RDCongo bénéficiaires des projets charitables en santé et éducation de l’organisme Coalition Solidarité Développement Durable CSDD, nous exprimons notre profond regret d’apprendre que Dr Habber nous aie quitté de façon si inopinée. Dr Habber a fait don de tout son cabinet de pédiatre à CSDD qui l’utilise actuellement pour les soins gratuits des enfants démunis et en charge par Caritas Congo. Merci à Dr Habber et sa famille. Nos sincères condoléances. Que son âme repose en paix. Dr Alex Mbongo DG de CSDD
From: Marie Forest Filippelli

Dear family, friends and colleagues of Dr. Haber,
Our family sends you our deepest condolences during this very difficult time. He was a man who devoted his life to his patients and community, he will be greatly missed. Dr. Haber was our family paediatrician as a child, my mother still remembers the advice he gave her as a young mother. He then become the paediatrician to my 2 daughters, niece and 2 nephews. Our daughters will always remember the little Winnie the Pooh figurine that hung from his stethoscope, if I recall correctly, it recently lost either his head or body, but Dr. Haber didn't remove it, it was a staple around his neck! May you all find comfort in the endless happy memories of him.
The Forest, Filippelli and Girolamo families.
From: Agnes & William Cunningham

Our hearts go out to you, Patty Ann, and to your children. We will miss Rick who loved you all so very much, sad that his wisdom and wit are silenced now — but he will be remembered. We are so glad to have seen both of you recently and look forward to continuing our friendship. All our love, Agnes and Bill
From: Sile and Joe

Dear Patti-Ann and family,
We are very saddened by the news of Rick’s passing. We are down south and too far away to attend the service but will be with you in spirit.
We will be thinking of “Dear” on Monday.
From: Laurie Breger

So saddened to hear of Richard's passing. Though I hadn't seen Richard in many years I have fond memories of our squash matches at SW1 in the early 80's. I also thought of Richard just this week regarding a possible referral.
My sincerest condolences to the family.

Laurie Breger
From: Manon Allard

My deepest sympathies to the whole family.
Rick will be remembered as a gentleman and as an amazing pediatrician who had so much to give and who gave so much every day to so many people.
From: Dr Annie Marleau

Sincere sympathies and prayers to Dr Haber’s family and loved ones.
Sadly and suddenly, there is an empty seat at the Council of Physicians, Dentists and Pharmacists' table where Dr Haber served as representative of the community pediatricians.
He was not only a caring physician but also a strong and vocal advocate for our hospital and the children we care for.
We will greatly miss his energy and commitment at our meetings.
Annie Marleau
Chair, CPDP-Montreal Children's Hospital
From: Anthony McCall

Dr. Haber was much more than just a doctor to my brothers and I. He was one of the friendliest people you could meet. I always joked around with him while we were together even if i was injured (which happened a lot). He was an all around stud and will be missed:(
From: Kerri Landry

To the Haber family: I was saddened to hear of Dr. Haber’s passing. He was my preceptor when I was a student and resident at the Montreal Children’s Hospital and I will always remember his enthusiasm and kindness. His dedication to his patients was amazing and I will remember him fondly. Please accept my sincere condolences. Kerri Landry (Pediatrican-Calgary, Alberta)
From: Lorina Walker

To the family of Dr. Haber,

We send our most sincere condolences. He has been a cherished pediatrician for my boys (as well as nieces and nephews), and will be sadly missed. We are very sorry for your loss.

Lorina Walker & Tremblay boys
From: Michela Colacone

To the Family of Dr. Haber.

My deepest condolences to the Family. I was referred to Dr. Haber from a friend when I was pregnant with my first child 20 years ago. We followed him around the West Island each time he moved and recently closer to downtown Montreal. He was a wonderful doctor with such a kind and humble presence, he listened attentively every time we visited. I am shocked to hear of his sudden passing. My children were lucky to have had such a devoted doctor.
From: Bernice and Roman Gut

To the Haber family,
Our hearts are filled with sadness upon hearing of the passing of Dr. Haber. He was our children’s paediatrician in the 70’s and 80’s. A kind, caring and very professional man. He always had that smile on his face that could reassure anyone. We were lucky to have known him.
Our deepest sympathies to the family. God bless Dr. Haber.
From: Edmond Chow

Dear Mrs. Haber & Family:

Our deepest condolences on the loss of a wonderful man and great physician. Over the past twenty years, Dr. Haber has played a critical role in the lives of our five children and we will be forever grateful.

Edmond & Susan Chow
From: CB

I send my sincere condolences to your family and friends. Having lost someone is a difficult moment of life. May God provide you the strength you need to cope with this difficult situation. The Bible promises a future hope of seeing our dead loved ones again very soon. John 5:28 says “Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.”
My deepest sympathies 🌺
From: Stacey and Daniel Glucksman

We were so very saddened to hear of Dr Haber’s passing. He was such a wonderful paediatrician to our family. Taking care of my husband and his two brothers and then welcoming our son into his care in 2003. Such a loving and caring man who listened to our worries and took the time with us each and every time. His guidance and advice meant so much to us and helped us through many worrisome times. Our heartfelt condolences to his family. He will be sorely missed.

Stacey, Daniel and Jacob Glucksman
From: Sam and Judith McLauchlan

You do not know us but we would like you to know that it was a real privilege to have Dr. Haber as our son's paediatrician.

May you know God's peace in the midst of your grief.

Sam and Judith McLauchlan
From: Dirk Kuppens

Dear Haber family,
Our sincere condolences.
Dr. Haber was our paediatrician. He cared for our children, and guided us as new parents. He was a kind sole, and we are deeply saddened at his passing.
Rest In Peace Dr. Haber, and thank you!
From: Nicolas Steinmetz

We say a premature goodbye to a remarkable person , who among many other attributes was a superb physician; knowledgeable, caring, reliable, humane, an example to others; a valued source of sage advice to patients and colleagues alike. We were fortunate to have him be the much appreciated pediatrician to our now 4 month old great grand daughter.
My heartfelt condolences to Pat and the family.
From: Rosemary

Dearest Patty-Ann, Damian, Alexandra, Julian, Chris, Danny, Jenny, and all the spouses and grand-children,

I am heart-broken by the loss of my brother, your spouse, your father and your grandfather. Truly, Richard was a legend to us all, bigger than life, and fully living each day guided by his strong faith and Christian ideals. He lived passionately in everything he did and used fully and generously the Time he was given. He touched so many people from so many parts of this world. How lucky to be left with such wonderful memories and such a strong role model and beacon to us all. This is a sad moment for all of us left behind but he has shown us the right way to make the journey we all must take. Love Rose
From: Deborah Wiseman Dascal

Our deepest, heartfelt sympathies to the Haber family.
We first met Dr. Haber almost 23 years ago when our first child became his patient. We immediately recognized him as a dedicated physician and a very caring person.
He will be truly missed by not only by us, but the many families he has touched.
Our sincerest condolences,
Deborah, Howard, Arielle & Joshua Dascal
From: Edward Kerwin

Dear Haber Family,

I was shocked and saddened to read of Rick’s sudden passing. I knew Rick in the 1960’s as the eldest child of the larger-than-life Haber Family of Burlington and the elder brother of Greg, my college roommate and classmate, and Chris, subsequently my law school classmate.
The loss of a sibling, husband and father is not easy to accept. Rick had a great family and career. I am certain that he will be missed deeply and never forgotten.
May he Rest In Peace.
From: Mary (Stewart) Foster

I was so deeply saddened to hear of Dr. Haber's passing. He was my paediatrician for close to 20 years. As my brother and I both had asthma and a million sports injuries, we spent quite a bit of time in his office and sometimes in the hospital.

A few years ago, after I had my own three children and living in the UK, I sent him a Christmas card to say hello and introduce him to my little ones. How I wished he could have been their paediatrician! Every year he would send me a lovely letter back.

Sending my deepest sympathies to the Haber family during this difficult time. I wish you wonderful memories and comfort in the knowledge that he made a difference to so many lives. He won't be forgotten.
From: Charles Rohlicek

I was very sad to hear of Rick's passing. I was truly blessed to have experienced his friendship and witnessed his passion for the care of young children. I am comforted in the belief that he has gone to a greater reward. I extend my condolences to his family.
From: Vivian Teodori & Joseph Heisler

Riposo in pace
From: Cris Xavier Kaiser

Our most heartfelt condolences to Dr Haber’s family and friends. He was a good man, a great deacon and a wonderful Dr.

We thank you for your care and attention and compassion but mostly for your example.

Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
From: Graeme Low

It has been a long time since we spent time together. Please accept my condolences to you Patty-Ann and to your children and grandchildren. Richard will be sorely missed by all of us. Graeme Low
From: Andrew Arnovitz

Dear Haber Family,

We are saddened by your loss. May Dr. Haber's memory be a blessing.

With love,

Andrew and Marie-Helene Arnovitz
From: Elizabeth Liautaud

My most sincere condolences to his wife Patty-Ann and to his entire family. Deacon Richard will be so greatly missed by all at St. Monica's Parish as he touched the hearts of so many and friend to all.
From: Érinn Cunningham

I was very sad to hear of Uncle Rick’s sudden passing. I will always remember him as a kind, generous man, and cherish the memories of those summers in Cape Cod with him and the Haber family. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
From: Widat Kebede

Our deepest sympathies, and condolences to all the members of Dr. Richard Haber's family. I pray that his soul rests in peace.
We lost a great person in our parish.
From: Lora Moller

I wish to extend my heartfelt sympathy and condolences to Rick's family and dear friends. He was so very dedicated to his patients and their families. Rick was also very helpful to me when I set up my private practice, and we had many interesting discussions about our common patients. He will be missed by colleagues and patients both!
From: Nicolas Poteet

Dearest Patricia-Ann and family.

Sincere condolences can perhaps ease the pain of your loss. Doctor Haber was an inspiring force for so many of us. How grateful I am to have had the honor of knowing him.
My son was baptized at St-Monica's Parish, Doctor Haber was there. When bad luck struck in my life, the whole Haber family was there for me with kindness and Doctor Haber shared some wisdom and insight to help me be a better person. Once you are filled with gratitude you can never forget. Please accept my deepest sympathies.
From: Renee Provencher

To Pat,
We are in shock that “Doc Haber” passed so suddenly. The Lord decided it was his time but he was taken away from you, your family, from all of us, too young! I hope the following brings a smile ! We will always remember fondly the great get togethers with you both, , Sal “ Aunt Betty” & Pete. We were comforted that he was designated a while ago to do “Aunt Betty’s” eulogy’. He understood our mom more than anyone & she agreed! She has a very special place in her heart for him. Our family will miss him.
As a sidebar, he was the most amazing pediarian for my 2 children & I will never forget his wise advice & support to me, a bewildered young mom at the time. Our family is so blessed that Richatd crossed our path & we are all richer for it. Love you “ Doc Haber”. 🙏
From: Gaston Gagnon

Je vous donne mes condoléances à toi et à toute ta famille.
From: Sharon and Robert Bouchard

Dearest Paty Ann,
Please accept our deepest condolences.
We are deeply saddened to hear of your loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this sad time.
From: J-P Sinanis

Living with purpose is something that many people strive for most of their lives, and Mr. Haber is clearly a power of example and inspiration for others. My heartfelt sympathies go out to each member of the Haber family who are all such wonderful people.

I have fond memories of him growing up and beyond, including a ride with him in his sunfish sailboat in the late 80's, which I will continue to treasure.

His benevolence, teachings, and spirit will clearly live on in the hearts and minds of many.
From: Maria Ester Maturi

I'm so saddened by the news...he was pediatrician to both my boys. Extending my heartfelt Condolences to the family for their loss.
From: Janice Winslow

Dear Pattie-Ann,
Just to let you know my thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family at such a difficult time. Rick was truly will all have the best of memories of a wonderful husband and father forever. Your family and close good friends will nourish and support each other during one of life's most challenging transitions.
Continue to talk to him, share a joke...he just may be listening....

Big hugs, Janice
From: Sara Price

Dear Pat,
I was so hoping to make it (but could not) to the funeral for our most beloved "Doc Haber". I was so very saddened and rendered speechless when I heard the news but as memories flooded I realized how very blessed I am to not only know you both as neighbours in North Hatley (while part of the Provencher Clan) but most importantly as committed partners that we were, in paediatric health care. Grateful to always search him out and find him when I took Jack to diabetes clinic or if I called him for "inside" advice as I continued to cross paths with him while I fundraised for the Hospital. What a gentle soul he will always be. I am forever grateful that I knew both Doc Haber as a wise, dedicated and loving paediatrician and Doc Haber as a fun, life loving and dancing man at the North Hatley Club summer dances! I send you so very much love and hope (and know) that St. Monica's was surely filled with love and lasting memories of a wonderful man, husband and father! xoxo Sara Price
From: Lucia Carpineta

I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear today of Rick's untimely passing. I will cherish the moments when I would see him pop in to see us in radiology, always with a smile. A true gentleman, and exemplary physician, whose manner would always brighten my day. He always had the best for his patients in mind. I count myself fortunate to have met and worked with him, and I very much admire his faith and the impact he has had on his colleagues, his pupils, his patients... it is quite the legacy. He leaves a huge void at his beloved "Children's".
I take solace in knowing that he was enjoying some much deserved R&R in his favorite spot when he left us... and that he is now in an even better place.
To Mrs Haber and the entire family, I would like to extend my hearfelt sympathies on the loss of such a great and generous man, and I am sure you are most proud of what he accomplished. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
From: Karen Ng

Dear Dr Haber family,
We are so sorry to hear the sadden news of Dr Habert's passing. He was always greeting us with big smiles and so great with our 5 years old daughter at Children's hospital Asthma clinic for the past 2 years. She will miss him dearly. May he rest in peace. Please accept our sincere condolences.

Best wishes,
M. Farrahi Family
From: Solange Labelle

To the family of the late Dr. Haber, I have just recently learned about his passing, I am terribly sorry for your loss and would like to extent to you my deepest sympathies! I did not know Dr. Haber all that well but you need to know that he and his staff diagnosed my daughter and probably saved her from further damages, I will be forever greatly to this man! G-d has called upon one of his angels back to him. May his soul rest in peace and may you all find comfort
From: Chris Rodger

Shocked and saddened to hear of Dr. Haber's passing. He was my son's doctor for 15 years. Sincere condolences to all of his friends and family.
From: Famille Major

C’ est avec grande tristesse que nous venons d’apprend le décès du Dr. Haber. À sa famille, amis, collègues nos plus sincères condoléances. Dr. Haber merci pour votre bienveillance pour nos enfants et tous les enfants et familles qui ont eu la chance de vous connaître.
From: Family Hammer

He was a great doctor to all our 5 kids. Thank you for everything DrHaber. Our condolences to his family and friends