Charles Juravinski: Honouring the life and legacy of a hometown champion of health research and health care

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

– 2 Corinthians 9:7

Together with our partners at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and St. Joseph’s Villa, we mourn the loss of Charles Juravinski. One would need to look far and wide to find a more cheerful giver than the late Charles Juravinski. Together with his wife, Margaret, their boundless philanthropy left an indelible mark not only on the St. Joseph’s Health System, but on the wider healthcare system in Hamilton, and on our community as a whole.  With gifts that helped to build new care facilities, fund cancer care, foster health research, and destigmatize mental health care, there are few people in our community who have not benefitted from their generosity. But beyond his trademark generosity, Charles was also a passionate advocate for collaboration. He encouraged us to work together, within the St. Joseph’s Health System, and across the community with our partners in caring at McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences. He believed that collaboration would foster new knowledge, new research and a healthier future for all. And we believe that, too. We commit to honouring Charles’ memory and his legacy through innovation, collaboration and steadfast commitment to the mission set out by our Founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Hamilton, who believed it was an honour to serve our community. In closing, we offer our most sincere condolences to Margaret Juravinski upon the loss of her husband of 65 years. May he rest in peace knowing he will be remembered as the most cheerful giver our Health System has ever known.


 Dr. Anne Anderson, csj
Chair, St. Joseph’s Health System Board of Directors

Ms. Winnie Doyle
Interim President and CEO, St. Joseph’s Health System