Jewish community mourns billionaire couple Barry and Honey Sherman

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Mystery surrounds Barry and Honey Sherman’s deaths
WATCH ABOVE: It has been four days since the bodies of the husband and wife were found inside their North York home and there is still no clear picture on why this happened. Homicide detective have taken the lead in the investigation, but police still aren't calling this a murder. Catherine McDonald reports – Dec 18, 2017

TORONTO – Members of Toronto’s Jewish community are paying tribute to Barry and Honey Sherman after the billionaire philanthropist couple was found dead in their home.

A memorial web page for the Shermans, set up by the United Jewish Appeal Federation of Greater Toronto, has received more than 160 messages of remembrance since Friday, when news of their deaths spread on social media.

Mourners posting to the website recalled the generosity of the couple, who for decades supported charitable causes – particularly in the field of health care and within the Jewish community.

WATCH: Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins says that when he met Barry Sherman several days ago “he was the same Barry Sherman that I’ve grown to know over the years.”
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Eric Hoskins ‘shocked’ by death of billionaire Barry Sherman, wife Honey

Apotex Inc. pharmaceutical company Chair and CEO Barry Sherman, 75, and Honey, 70, made numerous multimillion-dollar donations to hospitals, schools and charities over the years.

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Toronto police say the Shermans’ deaths are being treated as suspicious and homicide detectives have taken over the investigation.

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Autopsy results showed the couple died from “ligature neck compression.”

UJA Federation President and CEO said in a written statement that the Shermans were driven to make life better “in Toronto, across Canada, in Israel and around the world.”

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The University of Toronto said on its own memorial web page that the Shermans, both alumni, gave over $12 million for medicine and pharmacy education and research at the school.

Police tape still surrounded the Sherman’s large north Toronto home on Monday, but several bouquets of flowers had been left on the property, in tribute.

The Benjamin Park Memorial Chapel, a Toronto synagogue, says on its website that the couple’s funeral will be held Thursday morning at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ont.

LISTEN: Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey on the deaths of Honey and Barry Sherman


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