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Who was Charles Juravinski?

Charles Juravinski (November 1, 1929 – February 15, 2022) was a Canadian businessman and philanthropist.

He was principally known as the founder and owner of the Flamboro Downs racetrack and the co-benefactor, along with his wife Margaret, of the Juravinski Hospital and Juravinski Cancer Centre in Hamilton, Ontario.

Hamilton philanthropist Charles Juravinski dead at 92

Hamilton philanthropist Charles Juravinski dead at 92
Hamilton philanthropist Charles Juravinski dead at 92

A well-known Hamilton philanthropist who contributed considerable funding to local health care institutions has died.

Charles Juravinski passed away in his sleep on Tuesday at the age of 92, according to a joint statement from executives with McMaster University, Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS), and St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Charles and his wife Margaret donated millions of dollars in endowments to Hamilton-area health facilities and the City of Hamilton over a number of years.

“He passed away, perhaps fittingly, at Margaret’s Place – a hospice named in Margaret’s honour at St. Joseph’s Villa in Dundas,” the statement revealed.

The facility was one of many that received a multi-million dollar gift from the Juravinskis – a $2.8-million expansion.

Just a day before Charles’s death, the couple donated $5.1 million to the Juravinski Research Institute (JRI), to support studies focused on child and youth health, integrated care, and burn trauma.

The JRI was one of a number of legacy gifts given to Hamilton health care, established in May 2019 via a $100-million contribution — one of Canada’s largest-ever.

In recent times, the Hamilton philanthropists have invested in research focused on COVID-19, brain health and health system transformation with two previous gifts totalling $6.3 million.

Charles Juravinski Biography, Wiki

Charles Juravinski Biography Wikipedia
Charles Juravinski

Born in Saskatchewan during the Depression, Charles Juravinski’s family moved to Hamilton in 1942.

From the mid-to-late 1950’s he worked in construction and then was co-founder of a Dundas based construction company.

After that venture closed, Charles and former Ontario PC cabinet minister Ray Connell opened the standardbred racetrack Flamboro Downs in Dundas in 1975. He managed this very successful facility for almost three decades, before selling it in 2003.

Flamboro’s prestigious event is the Confederation Cup and it has welcomed some of the greatest horses in standardbred history.

Charles, as an owner, was connected with many outstanding horses, including Hall of Famers Matts Scooter and the great mare Ellamony.

Following his retirement, Charles and his wife Margaret, have made considerable endowments to the City of Hamilton and McMaster University, permitting the establishment of a new state-of-the-art cancer care facility at the former Henderson General Hospital, now the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre.

The Juravinski’s philanthropic endeavours contribute to health care in our area through Hamilton Health Sciences, St. Joseph Foundation, St. Peter Foundation, St. Joseph  Villa Foundation, McMaster University and others. Charles and Margaret are extremely passionate about their ‘People-oriented’ help charities.

Charles Juravinski Career

From the mid-to-late 1950s, Juravinski worked in the construction industry, and in 1958 along with his brother-in-law founded Wilchar Construction Limited based in Dundas, Ontario.

In 1971, the company closed and Juravinski opted to launch a racetrack in nearby Flamborough, Ontario, with shareholder John Grant. Flamboro Downs opened on 9 April 1975 and proved very successful. He managed the racetrack until 2003 when he sold it to Magna Entertainment.

Following his retirement, he and his wife Margaret made considerable endowments to the City of Hamilton and McMaster University, permitting the establishment of a new state-of-the-art cancer care facility at the former Henderson Hospital, now renamed Juravinski Hospital.

Charles Juravinski Wife

Juravinski married Margaret in 1956. They met after he moved to Hamilton, and they remained married for 65 years until his death. They did not have children.

Charles Juravinski with wife Margaret
Charles Juravinski with wife Margaret

Charles Juravinski FAQ’s

Who was Charles Juravinski?

Charles Juravinski (November 1, 1929 – February 15, 2022) was a Canadian businessman and philanthropist.

How did Charles Juravinski die?

Juravinski died in his sleep on the evening of February 15, 2022, at St. Joseph’s Villa in Dundas, Ontario.

How old was Charles Juravinski?

Charles Juravinski died at 92.

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