It is with deep regret that Solid Waste & Recycling magazine informs members of the passing of Chester Waxman over the weekend in Hamilton, Ontario. Chester Waxman was 82 years old. He fought a 32-month-long battle against mesothelioma, a cancer of the outer lining of the lung caused by exposure to asbestos.
Funeral services were held on Monday, December 15, 2008, at 1:30 p.m. at the Adas Israel Synagogue. Burial followed at the Adas Israel on York Road.
Chester Hyman Waxman was a huge presence in the Canadian scrap recycling industry, having built I. Waxman & Sons with other family members from a small business into a multi-million-dollar company that was for a time part of the Philip Services Inc. conglomerate. He was born in Hamilton in 1926. After leaving high school at age 15 to help the family, Waxman worked as a jeweller’s apprentice and then at Hamilton Bridge and Tank and National Steel Car during the Second World War. After the war, he joined his father and older brother Morris in the scrap business.
Ownership of the company was the subject of a long civil lawsuit between Chester and his brother Morris. Chester was a philanthropist who gave generously to the Hamilton General Hospital and a variety of causes.
Waxman is survived by his wife, Bailey, sons Warren, Robert, and Gary, and a daughter Brenda, in addition to his brother Morris and sister Molly.
There are also 15 grandchildren and a great-grandchild expected soon.
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