Philanthropist Weisz made the most of life

News Oct 09, 2009 Ancaster News

Faced with a terminal illness and a grim prognosis, Mischa Weisz decided to live his life to the fullest.

Mr. Weisz, who passed away last week, was the former owner of the TNS Smart Network of ATM machines and a self-made millionaire. A noted philanthropist, the 53-year-old Ancaster resident made a $500,000 donation to the new Les Chater Family YMCA at Turner Park on the south Mountain earlier this year.

He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in September 2007.

Originally from Barrie, Mr. Weisz came to Hamilton with his family in 1961.

Half of Mr. Weisz’s contribution to the YMCA will help establish the Mischa Weisz YMCA Endowment Fund in support of YMCA outreach programs in north-end Hamilton schools and community centres.

“I was part of theY when I was a kid,” Mr. Weisz told The News in a January, 2009 interview. “I went to theY camps, I went to the Y downtown.”

Mr. Weisz also explained in the interview the funds will help maintain YMCA programs in the city’s north end where some 320 children from low-income families this year will enjoy recreational activities, social values education and get homework help during the free, two hour after school sessions.

The program costs the Y about $1,000 per child.

“I’ve been a single dad for most of my life, I’ve raised two kids on my own, so it’s very important to see children have the same equal opportunity to strive in society,” Mr. Weisz noted in the interview.

Mr. Weisz previously sat on the Interac board of directors and is a past chairman of the Burlington Sound of Music Festival committee. He also volunteered for Scouts Canada.

At Mr. Weisz’s request, charitable contributions may be made to the Hamilton/Burlington YMCA.

Philanthropist Weisz made the most of life

News Oct 09, 2009 Ancaster News

Faced with a terminal illness and a grim prognosis, Mischa Weisz decided to live his life to the fullest.

Mr. Weisz, who passed away last week, was the former owner of the TNS Smart Network of ATM machines and a self-made millionaire. A noted philanthropist, the 53-year-old Ancaster resident made a $500,000 donation to the new Les Chater Family YMCA at Turner Park on the south Mountain earlier this year.

He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in September 2007.

Originally from Barrie, Mr. Weisz came to Hamilton with his family in 1961.

Half of Mr. Weisz’s contribution to the YMCA will help establish the Mischa Weisz YMCA Endowment Fund in support of YMCA outreach programs in north-end Hamilton schools and community centres.

“I was part of theY when I was a kid,” Mr. Weisz told The News in a January, 2009 interview. “I went to theY camps, I went to the Y downtown.”

Mr. Weisz also explained in the interview the funds will help maintain YMCA programs in the city’s north end where some 320 children from low-income families this year will enjoy recreational activities, social values education and get homework help during the free, two hour after school sessions.

The program costs the Y about $1,000 per child.

“I’ve been a single dad for most of my life, I’ve raised two kids on my own, so it’s very important to see children have the same equal opportunity to strive in society,” Mr. Weisz noted in the interview.

Mr. Weisz previously sat on the Interac board of directors and is a past chairman of the Burlington Sound of Music Festival committee. He also volunteered for Scouts Canada.

At Mr. Weisz’s request, charitable contributions may be made to the Hamilton/Burlington YMCA.

Philanthropist Weisz made the most of life

News Oct 09, 2009 Ancaster News

Faced with a terminal illness and a grim prognosis, Mischa Weisz decided to live his life to the fullest.

Mr. Weisz, who passed away last week, was the former owner of the TNS Smart Network of ATM machines and a self-made millionaire. A noted philanthropist, the 53-year-old Ancaster resident made a $500,000 donation to the new Les Chater Family YMCA at Turner Park on the south Mountain earlier this year.

He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in September 2007.

Originally from Barrie, Mr. Weisz came to Hamilton with his family in 1961.

Half of Mr. Weisz’s contribution to the YMCA will help establish the Mischa Weisz YMCA Endowment Fund in support of YMCA outreach programs in north-end Hamilton schools and community centres.

“I was part of theY when I was a kid,” Mr. Weisz told The News in a January, 2009 interview. “I went to theY camps, I went to the Y downtown.”

Mr. Weisz also explained in the interview the funds will help maintain YMCA programs in the city’s north end where some 320 children from low-income families this year will enjoy recreational activities, social values education and get homework help during the free, two hour after school sessions.

The program costs the Y about $1,000 per child.

“I’ve been a single dad for most of my life, I’ve raised two kids on my own, so it’s very important to see children have the same equal opportunity to strive in society,” Mr. Weisz noted in the interview.

Mr. Weisz previously sat on the Interac board of directors and is a past chairman of the Burlington Sound of Music Festival committee. He also volunteered for Scouts Canada.

At Mr. Weisz’s request, charitable contributions may be made to the Hamilton/Burlington YMCA.