Meet Jerry and Lois Nudelman.
“We have lived in Kitchissippi for 10 years, Ottawa for 20 years, and moved here after being born and raised in Montreal. We have three children, and four grandchildren. We moved here because of Jerry’s job at a local clothing company. Jerry retired three years ago from the original job, and then worked for an additional two years, retiring July 13 at 80 years of age. He now runs a small business out of our home converting old media to DVD’s. Lois retired ten years ago, and has since spent a lot of time volunteering at Tamir, a community living environment for the developmentally delayed. This is a personal commitment, as our 51-year-old son lives there. She spends a part of every day there with our son, and with others who live there.
We have places on our bucket list that we would both like to visit in the future. We would both love to visit Israel and explore that part of our heritage. Lois would love to visit southern Italy, and Portugal some day. We spend four days a week at the gym: walking on the treadmill, swimming. We each work with a trainer. It keeps us active and healthy.
The best thing about Jerry is that he has a happy soul, he’s kind, he’s very good to our son, where other couples have many troubles when dealing with a special needs child. I’ve been with him for 55 years, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
The best thing about Lois is she is “a mitzvah,” which is a Jewish blessing. My wife lives by this. She is always doing good for others. I have lots of friends, but she is truly my best friend. My life is so much better with her in it, and I would be lost without her. She makes me get up and move, and I have a great life because of her love.” Collected by Ellen Bond
Humans of Kitchissippi is a special street photography project designed to introduce readers to some of the people who live, work, and play in Kitchissippi. Each instalment of HOK contains three elements: a photo, a name, and a quote from the subject that reveals a little bit about who they are. View our growing collection of humans right here.