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Hester Rumberg is a longtime friend of Judith Sleavin and
the godmother of Annie Rose Sleavin. Herself an experienced
offshore sailor, she has sailed from Seattle to New Zealand
in a 26-foot boat, and then, on a separate voyage, to the
other side of the world in a 38-foot boat. Hester spent a
month sailing with the Sleavin family on the Melinda Lee,
traveling from Mexico to Costa Rica.
When tragedy befell the crew of the Melinda Lee, Hester
changed the direction of her life and became passionate
about issues surrounding safety at sea. Together with
Judith, she established the Sleavin Family Foundation, a
non-profit organization dedicated to promoting maritime
safety throughout the world. Hester has traveled extensively
on behalf of the Foundation, collaborating in programs with
both professional mariners and recreational boaters.
|HESTER RUMBERG, writer, oral and
maxillofacial radiologist and sailor,
born in Winnipeg , Manitoba, in 1947, most recently of Seattle,
WA, died in her sleep from complications resulting from a long
term illness on Sunday, June 26, 2011 in Toronto while
visiting her mother, Betty.
Hester Rumberg, was one of three children of Betty and the late
Joseph Rumberg. Hester was sister and sister-in-law of Susan and
Alan Roadburg, of Tornoto, and the late Ross Rumberg. She was
the aunt of Marisa and Alan, Joel and Rachel, Alison, and
great-aunt of Gavi, Koby, Reuven, Eleni, and Tamar. She will be
sadly missed by her family, colleagues, and many friends as well
as all of us at the Marly Rusoff Literary Agency.
Her funeral took place at Beth Tikvah Synagogue, Toronto,
Ontario, Wednesday, June 29, 2011, Interment Beth Tikvah
Synagogue Section of Pardes Shalom Cemetery.
Hester's widely praised first book, Ten Degrees of Reckoning,
the story of a disaster at sea, was published in 2009 by Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam publishers.
We at Marly Rusoff Literary Agency will always remember and
Photography courtesy of the author