With sadness we inform you of the passing of Professor Dr. Yitzchok Block, OBM, one of the first Shluchim of the Rebbe, who served the Jewish students of the University of Western Ontario, and the patriarch of a large family of Chabad Chassidim and Shluchim all accross North America.
Dr. Yitzchok Block held a PhD in Philosophy from Harvard University, and was professor emeritus at The University of Western Ontario in London, Canada. His professional areas of interest were Aristotle and Wittgenstein.
A video of Prof. Block speaking of his special relationship with the Rebbe can be viewed here.
He is survived by his children: Rabbi Chaim Block (S. Antonio, TX), Rabbi Levi Block (Westfield, NJ), Rabbi Mendy Block (Plano, TX), Mrs. Chani Zalmanov (Queens, NY), Rabbi Shmuli Block (Crown Heights), Mrs. Rivkie Baron (Crown Heights), Mr. Avraham Block and Mrs. Basie Gurkow (London, Canada).
The funeral will be held G-d willing later this afternoon in Old Montefiore Cemetery in Queens, NY.
As is customary, due to the approaching holiday of Sukkot this evening, a full Shiva will not be observed.
Boruch Dayan Hoemes