Marsha Magidson leaves bequest to Jewish community to create positive impact
What drives a philanthropist? For Marsha Magidson, of blessed memory, it was the desire to create a positive impact on Ottawa’s Jewish community while fulfilling the values of chesed and tzedekah instilled by her parents, Leema and Samuel Magidson.
For this reason, she donated her estate to the Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation. The Foundation’s mission to enhance Jewish life and to support the needs of the agencies that serve the Jewish community resonated with Marsha’s own vision of improving the lives of those around her.
“We are proud of Marsha and her generosity, and the impact her bequest will have on the lives of the individuals in the Jewish community in Ottawa for many years to come,” explain her siblings Roslyn Kimmel, Stan Magidson and Deborah Magidson.
Indeed, Marsha, who passed away September 10, 2016, at the age of 61, was a special person. A loving daughter, sister, aunt, cousin and friend, she was known for her warm heart, independent spirit, an infectious laugh and generous soul.
“Perhaps the most remarkable thing about our sister Marsha was her zest for life in spite of the curveballs life threw her way,” add her siblings.
Clearly, Marsha was a fighter. It was in the early years of her undergraduate education at the University of Toronto that she discovered she had a mental illness. This changed the course of her life as she struggled with and felt the social stigma that came with the diagnosis. Despite this, with the support and love of her family and friends, she successfully shaped her life’s journey with courage and determination.
“She really taught us all what it meant to live with purpose,” say her siblings.
Marsha built connections to all those around her, from family and friends to those in the community and even strangers, following the example of her parents who taught their children to always reach out and help others.
In 2015, Marsha was diagnosed with cancer. She got her affairs in order and explained her decision to donate to the Foundation.
“She wasn’t seeking personal recognition,” explain her siblings, “she was simply following the values that were instilled by our parents. By choosing to use her estate to do good in the Jewish community where she lived her whole life, our beloved sister became a philanthropist.”
May her memory be a blessing, always.