Paul Oberman 1957 – 2011
Paul Oberman was born in Toronto in 1957 and died tragically in March of this year. Over the span of 30 years, he built a distinguished career in real estate development, with a particular eye and interest in sensitive and sophisticated, heritage restoration. He leaves behind a physical legacy of extraordinary buildings and a deep care about the city of his birth and every community he has served. Under Oberman’s leadership as President and CEO, Woodcliffe Corporation has demonstrated a commitment to heritage preservation — developing, acquiring, marketing, and managing historic properties. Continue reading
May 11, 2011, Toronto, Ontario – Eleven individuals and groups who are making Canada’s cities healthier, safer, and more dynamic places to live and work have been chosen as the winners of this year’s Urban Leadership Awards program.
Ranging from a group of community animators to an international film festival, to individuals who have dedicated years to combating poverty or enriching the cultural fabric of their city, the winners this year once again demonstrated creativity, resourcefulness, and dedication to improving quality of life in cities across Canada. Continue reading
The man behind the redevelopment of the North Toronto railway stationdies in plane crash.
OBERMAN’S VISION RESULTED IN THE PRESERVATION OF MANY T.O. HERITAGE BUILDINGS
Last month, the life of one of the area’s most respected real estate developers ended after a small plane he was travelling in crashed en routeto Quebec City. Local resident Paul Oberman was the CEO of heritage development company Woodcliffe Properties, and many say he setthe standard when it came to revitalizing and preserving Toronto’s old buildings. Continue reading
Under his guidance, new stories were fashioned for antique buildings
Paul was a wonderfulcombination of refinementand big vision. He believed inthe possibility of the greatnessof the city. He was a big,wonderful spirit, a goodlistener, a very astute businessperson, and a patient person. Continue reading
How do I grieve?
How do I give in to this feeling of complete and utter shock, emptiness, all the layers of sadness. I lost a friend last week to a terrible and so unexpected plane crash. He was in the middle of his wonderful life full of romance, success and beautiful children. It made my heart stop. While he was missing and we were in limbo about his where about and being I simply felt disbelief, shock that I just received this phone call by his wife, asking me to help alert people (I have family and friends in the state where the plane apparently went down). Geez, I even went teaching a crowded yoga class, guided them through their vigorous evening Vinyasa; a class my students are looking forward to, and I love to teach. This time, I smiled and cheered and rocked with them but my mind was miles and miles away, somewhere in the deepest forest of snowed in Maine, just below the Canadian border. There my friend, so I later learned did not survive. Continue reading
On Monday Paul Oberman, the prolific developer who built a fortune preserving Toronto’s heritage, died in the crash of a small plane in Maine. This week I thought of Mr. Oberman as I walked up Yonge Street and passed two of the city’s most remarkable old buildings, north of Queen Street on the east side: the former Bank of Commerce building at 199 Yonge and the former Bank of Toronto building at 205 Yonge. Continue reading
After four and a half years of trying to operate out of a portable trailer during the renovation of the city’s premier gourmet row, All The Best Fine Foods has just moved into its glam new digs. Continue reading