Hymie Sckolnick, founder of iconic Mile End diner Beautys Luncheonette, died peacefully in his home on Monday — and tributes to the figurehead of the 75 year old eatery have rolled in.
A huge range of people — from one-time visitors to the city to longtime regulars who had been visiting Beautys for decades — have offered up kind words about Sckolnick, and memories of their visits to the diner.
Sckolnick, who was 96 when he died, remained present at Beautys right up to his death, gently managing the (often lengthy) line-ups, greeting regulars and tourists alike, and generally acting as a genial presence. His hospitality clearly had a lasting impact on visitors to Beautys — it’s for that reason so many heartwarming thoughts and memories are being offered up.
Sckolnick’s funeral is taking place today (November 29) at Paperman & Sons, with the shiva from today until Monday, December 4.
The eulogies aren’t just happening at the funeral, though: here’s a sampling of some of the kindest, most evocative, and most notable tributes.
Hymie was ‘magic’ sitting on his front stool - the best greeter in the business.....I had the privilege of having my photo on the wall above him....looking down on him......now he is in Heaven , looking down on us.
To our best pal Hymie, founder of @beautysluncheonette and St Viateur Bagel's very first wholesale customer, over the years you became a true and loyal friend. Thank you for the many years of smiles and laughs you shared with us when picking up bagels daily. The bagel family feels a great loss - our sympathies to the family. You were a true Montreal legend. ❤
It saddened us to learn that a true legend of the food world left us yesterday. Hymie Sckolnick and his establishment Beauty’s Luncheonette was not only an inspiration to our founders in terms of our menu, but also the inspiration of our approach to hospitality. We are lucky to have had the chance to share with Hymie how much he inspires us almost daily here in NYC. This picture was taken this year, where at age 96 you would still find Hymie hosting weekend brunch with the sweetest of smiles. As a child, @mileendjoel would go to @beautysluncheonette with his father. Hymie knew that Joel’s father loved their rice pudding, but hated raisins. Very quietly between seating tables, Hymie would pick out all the raisins & ‘surprise’ them with the rice pudding once they finished breakfast. Stories like this were never the exception, they were the norm at Beauty’s. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the entire Sckolnick family, the team at Beautys, and to our hometown of Montreal who are collectively mourning the loss of an incredible human being, and an inspiration to us all.
Beauty’s Luncheonette has for a very long time been my happy place. Hymie used to call me gazpacho girl and would always give me a slice of banana cake on my birthday. He was kind enough to let us take our engagement photos at the diner and he even partook in the fun. I will miss hearing your voice letting everyone know they are always welcome. Rest In Peace Hymie, you were an icon and made many people happy. #beautysluncheonette #beautys #hymiesckolnick #montreal #legend
Such sad news about Hymie at Beautys. A real mensch who is gone at 96. Bridged the 2 solitudes he did. As evidenced here by this in @JdeMontreal https://t.co/rfcpt8kpaP— Terry DiMonte (@TerryDiMonte) November 28, 2017
'The very heartbeat of the neighbourhood': Beauty's owner Hymie Sckolnick dead at 96https://t.co/CFPJjm0MTg pic.twitter.com/oNgOA52NV3— Steve Rukavina, CBC (@Steverukavina) November 28, 2017
Hymie Sckolnick, another alumnus of that golden generation of Mtl entrepreneurs that gave us Beauty's, Ben's, St-Viateur Bagel, Wilensky, Schwartz's, Snowdon Deli, Cosmo, Moische's. Thank you Hymie and co for the great eats and the rise of Mtl as food mecca #Beauty's #RIPHymie https://t.co/BxG808YSR4— Aki Tchitacov (@diak9295) November 28, 2017
"You're welcome," he said to everyone as they walked in the door of Beauty's. Hymie Sckolnick dead at 96. I'm sad. https://t.co/HwDhl3Mn3M— Catherine Wallace (@cxwcxw) November 27, 2017
If the world had more Hymie Sckolnicks in it, we would all be vastly better off and better fed. Time to sit shiva for a true mentsch (I imagine the catering will be superb). https://t.co/tJ80hOX3tF— David Sax (@saxdavid) November 28, 2017
Very tough news of Hymie's passing. He was such a gracious, welcoming presence, filled Beauty's with hospitality, and had the strongest handshake of all time. Mornings in Montreal will never be the same without you, Hymie. https://t.co/zuwVgrhP3t— Tanja Yokum (@tanjayokum) November 28, 2017