Rabbi Meir Yechezkel Junik, beloved Gabbai of Montreal who was imprisoned by the Soviets, passed away Friday, 17 Kislev 5770.
He was 80.
Born in the Soviet Union to a devotedly Chassidic family, Reb Meir was imprisoned in Siberia for 9 long years where he suffered untold hardships due to his religious beliefs.
While his family managed to escape from the Communists, he remained behind the Iron Curtain where he married and raised his children to the highest levels of Chasidishkeit.
While there, the Rebbe gave his brother, Rabbi Berel Junik, many blessings and Havtochos to ensure that Reb Meir and his family would be released from Russia.
Eventually they were permitted to leave and he moved with his family to Montreal, Canada, to live near his father, the prominent chossid, Rabbi Naftoli Junik.
Organized and reserved, but with a sense of humor, Reb Meir served as the Gabbai in the central Chabad Yeshiva Shul in the city.
In recent years he moved to Crown Heights.
He is survived by his wife, Sara, and children Chaya Tzirel Druk – Detroit, MI; Berel – Crown Heights; Shmuel – Brooklyn, NY; and Shimshon Aaron – Crown Heights; grandchildren, and great-grand children of which many are Shluchim.
He is also survived by sisters Ettel Jurkowitz and Chana Morozow.
The levaya will take place at Shomrei Hadass Sunday, 10 a.m. and will be passing 770 at approximately 10:45.
Shiva will take place at 709 Eastern Pkway, Brooklyn, NY.
Baruch Dayan Haemes.