Harry Rosen dead and obituary, Canadian menswear mogul cause of death

Harry Rosen, the visionary founder of one of Canada’s most prominent menswear retail chains, has passed away at the age of 92. His eldest son confirmed his death on December 24, expressing the family’s heavy hearts. Harry Rosen Inc., chairman and CEO Larry Rosen, shared, “It’s with a heavy heart we announce the passing of our founder and visionary Harry Rosen. His passion for menswear and fashion was contagious; his ability to teach and inspire were unparalleled.”

Established in Toronto in 1954, the Harry Rosen retail chain blossomed from a single store into a premier destination for high-end menswear in Canada, boasting 15 locations and five outlet stores nationwide.

Larry Rosen reflected on his father’s entrepreneurial journey, stating, “Starting with a $500 loan and a dream, Harry willed his business into existence one client at a time. The team he built and the values he instilled have helped the business span across the country, three generations, and nearly 70 years. Words simply can’t summarize the impact he had on us all.”

Born and raised in Toronto to a Jewish family, Harry Rosen stepped back from the day-to-day operations of the company in 2005. However, he continued to provide guidance to his son and senior management in his role as executive chairman.

Beyond his success in the business world, Rosen was recognized for his philanthropy, contributing to organizations such as the Canadian Cancer Society, the United Jewish Appeal, and the Canadian Special Olympics. In 2004, he was honored as a member of the Order of Canada.

The Governor General of Canada acknowledged Rosen’s broader impact, stating, “His vast leadership contributions extend beyond the business sector into the wider community. Renowned for his integrity, marketing skills, and business acumen, he shares these abilities equally as a community builder.”

Harry Rosen is survived by his wife of 68 years, Evelyn, along with their four children, nine grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

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