A SPECIAL HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY.
Philip “Faivel” Tanny is a beloved member of Congregation Beth-El. A week ago Monday was much like most Mondays in the year for Phil, with one major exception. A staunch member of Beth-El’s Minyanaires, the dedicated group of men and women who are at the synagogue, bright and early each day of 7 days a week for morning prayers, where Phil received a special Aliyah to commemorate his 96th birthday.
Constantly active, Phil is a role model. He attends all the Beth-El services, morning and evening, whenever he is in Montreal and not away being a “snowbird”. He frequently goes to his former office to give advice to his son who has now taken over Phil’s company which he started many years ago.
Phil remains an avid golfer playing a round several times a week when the weather improves. He is a warm-hearted, humorous, concerned and committed member of the synagogue and a good friend to all those who have had the privilege of meeting him. If these people were asked to define Phil they would merely say, “Phil is a real MENSCH!”
Phil was born in Montreal in 1919. He was married to the late Phyllis and they raised three children, one of whom regrettably has passed away as well. Phil is the constantly beaming grandfather of 15 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren or maybe a 17th due at any moment. His only complaint, in a joking fashion, is how much birthdays cost him each year.
Phil was and is a VIP, a Very Important Person to his family, his friends and his community. He served as a motorcycle dispatch rider during World War II and went on later to establish Crown Textiles, his principle business. He was the President of Mount Royal Lodge B’nai Brith, President of the Corinthian’s Lodge, President of the Mount Royal Bowling League, and an active member of the B’nai Brith Food Baskets project which raises funds to serve the hungry in Montreal.
Phil is a joy to speak with. He has myriad stories of his life here, and of his international visits and business trips. He is always ready to discuss the issues of the day and has a keen understanding of Yiddishkeit. Phil is a wise, articulate gentleman and is always ready to help those in need. He is truly special. Just take a moment to watch the short video clip of Phil addressing the members of the Minyanaires at the breakfast he sponsored in honour of his birthday and you will understand why!: