In Memoriam – Michael J. Canter

Michael J. Canter
June 28, 1947 – July 14, 2016

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing early this morning of our former Board and Executive Committee member, Michael Canter.

Professionally, Michael was an outstanding attorney and partner at the Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease law firm, where he primarily practiced in the areas of antitrust and litigation.  Frequently named by Columbus CEO Magazine as one of the area’s top lawyers, Mike received much acclaim during his career, including the Columbus Litigation Antitrust Lawyer of the Year. He was a skilled trial lawyer and trusted business counselor, with a keen sense of strategic vision.

Mike will also be remembered in the philanthropic community for many fine qualities and a talent for leadership. In the Jewish community, Michael had two stints as the Federation Board Chairman, served as President of the JCC, and led the 2007 Mayor’s Israel Business Development Mission to Israel. Nationally, he was a Trustee of both the United Jewish Communities and the Jewish Community Center Association. Michael also served as the President of the National Society to Prevent Blindness Ohio and as a Wexner Center for the Arts board member.

For these and other devoted acts of community service, Michael Canter will be honored at the Jewish Federation of Columbus’ August 25 annual meeting, with a posthumous presentation of the Ben Mandelkorn Communal Service Award.

Mike leaves behind his wife Vicki, his daughters Shana (Michael), Shari (Jason), Samantha (Chris) and nine grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 15 at Congregation Tifereth Israel, 1354 East Broad Street. Interment will follow at New Tifereth Israel Cemetery.

Shiva will be observed at the Canter residence on Friday following interment, Sunday from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., Monday from 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Memorial gifts can be made to The James Cancer Hospital and the Columbus Jewish Community through the Michael Canter Family Community Fund, c/o the Columbus Jewish Foundation, 1175 College Avenue, Columbus, OH 43209. Or click here.

Jeff Meyer
Jackie Jacobs

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