Zelda Bluma Shore

February 28, 1943September 11, 2020

Zelda Bluma Shore (Jacobson) of Ottawa, ON. Passed away with her family at her side on Friday, September 11, 2020 at the age of 77 years young. Zelda was born on February 28, 1943 in Ottawa to the late Rachel (Salminoff) & Isaac Jacobson. Beloved wife of Stephen Shore. Loving mother of Pam (Tina), Deb (Tim), and Paul (Talya). Fiercely loved Bubbie extraordinaire of Aaron, Jonah, Jashia, and Isaac. Sister of Edith. Zelda lived her life as teacher, mentor and humanitarian, who was devoted to her family, community, and “village”. Her memory will live on in the many lives and projects that her generous heart touched. Private graveside services will take place at the Jewish Memorial Gardens - Osgoode Cemetery at 3 pm on Sunday, September 13. (Zoom via this link Passcode is 627231. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in Zelda’s name may be donated to Tamir ( “to stand tall”.

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Eulogy for Zelda Shore February 28, 1943 – September 11, 2020 Zelda, Zel, or Zed… Mom, Bubbie, or Auntie Bubbie… Mom happily replied to any of these names. And when she replied, she listened, she deeply listened. Mom cared for people, all people… family, friends, her “village”, strangers, and especially people in need. There is one Yiddish word that she taught us, simply by demonstrating it on a daily basis --- mensch --- a person of integrity and honour. She was someone you could spill your heart to --- she loved like a beautiful comforting cosy scarf. She put love into action in countless ways – always lending an ear, when all her grandchildren were born, when her friends were in need, with her community work, on and on it goes. Mom’s dedication to her husband of 57 years, Stephen, has been inspiring. The same can be said for how she cared for her father Isaac and her mother Rachel, while she had her hands full bringing us up and even well before we arrived on the scene --- and how she cared for Steve’s mother and brother for years too. She was a natural Bubbie. At the very top of the long list of people she cared for were her 4 grandchildren, Isaac, Jashia, Jonah, and Aaron, who she loved fiercely and who loved her back with the same ferocity. Bubbie was playful, never afraid to get down and dirty with the kids to experience and share in little pieces of their worlds. Bubbie frequently agreed to things far outside of her comfort zone. Like stuffing her into a sea kayak to paddle on the ocean, or zipping her into a life jacket and schlepping her into a small boat to experience a remote sandy beach or whales at close range, or onto a gondola so that she could watch the kids ski from the comfort of restaurant on the top of a mountain. Bubbie never refused to partake in a video game of Mario Kart, holding the game controller upside down. She travelled with us swam in the ocean and risked her digestive system to taste exotic local food. Mom was an amazing cook and entertainer. She especially loved to bake with the kids, patiently guiding them and letting them make a mess in her kitchen. She recently spent 2 hours on a Facetime call coaching them how to make Apple Crisp. Right down to how thin to slice the apples and what texture the crumble mix should be --- not creamy, not dry and loose, just kinda marbly to the touch, so it turns out just how YOU like it. The tributes to Mom that have been pouring in from family, friends, and colleagues are both comforting and overwhelming. Here are snippets from just a few… • Zelda was the kind of person you wanted in your court in life. • Zelda was always welcoming, curious, and interested in engaging with the people around her. • Zelda was a rock of love, family, devotion, and goodness. • Zelda was a beam of light and love. • Zelda was a positive force with a great spark and feisty personality. • Zelda always put her heart and time into connecting. • Zelda was a wonderful woman - big-hearted, intelligent, interesting and so very charming. • Ottawa is diminished without Zelda. • I cannot imagine the world without Zelda in it. She will always remain a pillar and icon of my childhood. Simply legendary. • Zelda was about love and spreading it. Zelda was a giver… a teacher, mentor, advocate, humanitarian… the glue between and within generations… the charoset that held our family together… always striving to make sure things were “just how YOU like it”. You will live on in all of us Mom! We love you! Paul, Deb and Pam.


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Zelda Bluma Shore

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Nancy Collins

September 30, 2020

Dear Zeldas family, My deepest sympathy for your loss. Please know Zelda will forever remain in my heart as the incredible inspiration and outstanding teacher of social justice and compassion that she is and which always governed her heart. I hope your family will find some comfort in the vast long-standing influence she has forged in making our community more humane and compassionate. Love Nancy

Sharon Graves-O'Brien

September 24, 2020

I did not know Zelda well and yet I was heart-broken last night, when I learned of her passing. We knew each other through a support group and I always looked forward to enjoying her warmth and her sense of humour. Zelda opened her arms to me when I lost the most important person in my life and I will always remember her compassion.
My life was blessed because I knew Zelda.
I extend my condolences to her family.

Amanda Masterson

September 19, 2020

What a remarkable woman has been lost to our community. In my work as a community health care worker, I had the pleasure of spending time with Zelda, Steve and with Pam. Zelda was always so welcoming, considerate and prepared for our contacts. I was struck by how hard she worked to care for her loved ones and how readily she accepted support, generous with her appreciation. She was very knowledgable about healthcare and could navigate her way around the system, as frustrating as this could be at times. Zelda was such a pleasure to work with. I'm so very sad to hear of Zelda's passing and sorry for your loss.

Joan Gillespie

September 16, 2020

It is hard to believe that the vital force that was Zelda has left us. Zelda and i shared an office in the early days of PQ which meant we shared family stories, health concerns, jokes, complaints, recipes and sometimes even work Issues !
She was a passionate advocate for parents in her programs, a passion she maintained for years to come. A role model for all of us. You will be so missed Zelda.

Mark Palmer

September 15, 2020

I am deeply saddened to learn of Zelda’s passing. She was an amazing person. As executive director of Tamir, I had the privilege of working alongside Zelda during her 10 years of service on the agency’s board of directors. She was generous of spirit, caring and compassionate. Zelda was a go to person; a wonderful listener, insightful, always genuine and respectful in her interactions. And she had a wonderful sense of humour. Zelda cared deeply about our most vulnerable and her tenure as president of the Board came at a pivotal moment. Through her leadership the organization secured and strengthened the Jewish integrity of the agency. Zelda was a mentor and dear friend who will be missed by so many. May her memory be for a blessing.

Joe Brownstein

September 15, 2020

My condolences to Zelda's family and friends.

I had the great opportunity and honour to work with Zelda this past winter in searching for Tamir's new Executive Director. I had only met Zelda in passing before this time, but it was really great to get to know her on a more personal level. Zelda was so kind, down to Earth and a great person. She really provided us (Tamir and the Executive Nominating Committee) with some great direction and guidance. Zelda's legacy will be sure to live on, not only through Tamir, but also through everyone and everything else that she touched through her commitment to the organization and helping others in life.

May her memory always be a blessing. Much sympathy.

Jeff Brown

September 15, 2020

I just learned of Zelda's passing and am in shock. Zelda was my Jewish mother. I have many fond memories of hanging out at the Shore house as a kid. I always knew there would be great food (the honey cake was a particular favorite. I tried without success to replicate it over the years) there and would never turn down an invite to stay and eat. Zelda always told me to eat more! I last saw Zelda as she was excitedly preparing to move for the condo life. I am sorry that adventure was cut so short. She will be missed by many and I hope those memories stay with you always.

Shalom aleichem.

Mike Birmingham

September 14, 2020

Zelda was a good friend and a wonderful person who will be missed by all of us who knew her and had the opportunity to work with her. May her memory be a blessing to all. Rest peacefully sweet lady
Mike Birmingham

Jack McCarthy

September 14, 2020

So very sad to hear of Zelda's passing. She was a wonderful woman who I got to know well over the past 40 years. Connecting with Zelda always started with a big hug! We shared lots of stories in our world of work, yet always managed to keep updated about how our respective families were doing. Her insight, ability to cut to the chase when assessing a given situation, her warmth, her openness made her a very special person. Her friendship meant a lot to me.
My condolences to all members of her family. My thoughts are with you.

Anne Joyce

September 14, 2020

I am so sad. My condolences go out to all Zelda’s friends and family.Zelda was my placement supervisor when I did a social work placement many years ago at Pinecrest Queensway. I was quite unsure whether social work was my “thing”. Zelda with her wonderful positive caring attitude and zany sense of humour made it clear to me that I could fit into the social work profession. From then on she was a mentor and a friend. Zelda I’ll miss you.
Anne Joyce


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