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Monday November 21, 2016


Passed peacefully on Thursday,
November 17, 2016 at North
York General Hospital, a week
shy of his 83rd birthday. Beloved
husband of Miriam. Loving father
and father-in-law of Charles, Ira,
Marci (Jeff), Ezra (Reiko), Rachel
(Timothy), and the late Geoffrey
Rotenberg. Dear brother and
brother-in-law of Francene and
the late Carl Rotenberg, Tony,
Lucia, Dominic, Judy, Joseph,
and the late Fiona Leung
Devoted grandfather of Jason,
Jordan, Sarah, Andie, Robin,
Leslie, Aaron, Liam, Patrick, and
Ringo. Cecil will be sadly missed
by everyone who knew him,
including the Canadian legal
community where he practised
for 57 years, starting with family
law and civil litigation. For the
last 40 years, he dedicated
his indefatigable energy to
immigration law. He was
affectionately referred to as the
Grandfather of Immigration Law,
a title he justly deserved and
cherished. Countless people owe
their new lives in Canada to
Cecil's tenacity, fearlessness, and
dedication. He was at his most
inspired and passionate in the
courtroom. He set many legal
precedents with his creative and
novel applications of the law,
resolving cases that were
deemed impossible.

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