It was so sad to announce that the Larger than life Hamilton philanthropist Charles Juravinski passed away at the age of 92.
He sadly passed away in his sleep on Tuesday night, February 15, 2022. His wife and partner in philanthropy, Margaret Juravinski, said: “He has been very unwell, he really has been. He felt his time was up, and he definitely wanted to die.”
He was a businessman and philanthropist, mostly known as the founder and owner of the Flamboro Downs racetrack and the supporter of the Juravinski Hospital and Juravinski Cancer Centre in Hamilton, Ontario, along with his wife Margaret.
Charles Juravinski, the charismatic, donated tens of millions of dollars to health care in the community over the years.
Juravinski recently had taken delight in donating yet again, with a Valentine’s Day gift of $5.1 million to local health research this week.
More about Charles Juravinski’s Life
Juravinski was born in Saskatchewan during the Great Depression, and he spent his youth there. The family moved to Hamilton, Ontario, in 1942, because of work prospects in the wartime industries.
Juravinski worked in the construction sector from the mid-to-late 1950s, and in 1958, he and his brother-in-law started Wilchar Construction Limited in Dundas, Ontario. The enterprise folded in 1971, and Juravinski and partner John Grant decided to establish a racetrack in neighboring Flamborough, Ontario.
Flamboro Downs first opened its doors on April 9, 1975, and has since proven to be a huge success. He managed the racetrack until 2003 when he sold it to Magna Entertainment.
Following his retirement, he and his wife Margaret provided significant gifts to the City of Hamilton and McMaster University, allowing the former Henderson Hospital, now called Juravinski Hospital, to build a new state-of-the-art cancer care facility.
Juravinski has donated more than $60 million to Hamilton health care over the years, and in 2019, he announced a $100 million legacy endowment fund to establish the Juravinski Research Institute.
Family friend Julian Dobranowski, a radiologist and chair of the research institute’s scientific and steering committees, said he has been in and out of hospitals for the previous two years, battling with mobility and vision issues. Juravinski, on the other hand, had been living at home in Greensville, just north of Dundas, until Tuesday, when he consented to transfer to a brand-new hospice just 10 minutes away.
As part of St. Joseph’s Healthcare, it just opened. Margaret’s Place is named after Charlie’s wife. The facility was paid for by the couple.
His wife, Margaret Juravinski, said: “I think it’s wonderful he ended up there. That would have been his wish, to die there.”
Reactions to Charles Juravinski’s Death
Rick Zamperin, the host of Good Morning Hamilton on Global News Radio AM900CHML, tweeted: “RIP Charles Juravinski, who has left an incredible mark on #HamOnt through his stellar business exploits and heartfelt philanthropic efforts.”
Several fans, friends, and supporters reacted and stated their condolences on social media websites following this tragic news.
One wrote: “Charles Juravinski demonstrated his care for the people of this community and we should be grateful for his generosity and commitment to this city. I am humbled to work at a place of healing that bears his family name. #MyHHS”
Another tweeted: “So sorry to hear of the passing Charles Juravinski – an amazing man and philanthropist! Our thoughts and prayers are with Margaret at this time of loss.”
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