Obituary – Joel Niznick Has Passed Away, What Happened?
Peacefully on Friday, April 8, 2022, Joel Niznick passed away. His passing is an incredible loss to his family and friends and to the Ottawa community. Joel will be missed by his wife, Dr. Barbara Power, and their three children, Harrison, Naomi, and Liam, and his siblings Judi Donoff (his twin sister), Sharon Glass (Arnold Glass), and Gerald Niznick (Reesa Niznick), his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Ellen Power, Mary Power, Edward Power, P.J. Powers (AnneMarie Talent) and George Power (Lorraine Vardy) and his many nieces and nephews.
Joel was born in Fort Frances, Ontario, and was raised in Winnipeg. His Jewish faith and commitment to the Jewish community were very important to him. He was a proud protector and provider for his children and family, and he always made sure they were well looked after. His interests were broad and varied from medicine to wine, cooking, traveling, design, cars, golf, NFL, and music. There was nothing Joel wasn’t interested in – the embraced each interest with depth and passion.
He completed his Medical school at the University of Manitoba, his internal medicine training in Toronto, and his cardiology subspecialty training in Ottawa. He led the development of the Ottawa Cardiovascular Centre (OCC), one of Ontario’s most advanced Cardiology care providers. Joel was a strong advocate and champion for excellence and continuity of inpatient care. He was a forward thinker and always was looking to ensure excellence in the delivery of care. He loved his patients and he thought of them like a family that needed to be protected. He became a vital link in building community-academic hospital bridges. The world has lost an extraordinary and admirable man who will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
A funeral service will be held in person at the Jewish Memorial Chapel, 1771 Cuba Avenue, Ottawa on Monday, April 11, 2022, at 2 pm. The service will also be live-streamed and can be viewed by clicking on the following link: View the Livestream of the service for Dr. Joel Niznick. Following the service, interment will take place at Jewish Memorial Gardens, 6549 Herberts Corners Road, Ottawa.
The Shiva will be private. Letters of condolence may be sent to 154 Billings Avenue, Ottawa, K1H 5K9. In lieu of flowers donations to Jewish Family Services or the Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre, Spinal Cord Unit, would be appreciated by the family. When donating to the hospital please be sure to specify where you wish the donation to be directed.