Esther Popkin Clurman


Esther Popkin-Clurman passed away peacefully in her home on Thursday, January 7th, 2016.

Esther was born in Manhattan, New York, in 1923. She taught French and Spanish at State University of New York at Farmingdale before moving to Nelson, BC, in 1982. She was a volunteer with hospice when it first began for a number of years and worked as a volunteer with seniors who were housebound. She wrote stories, novels and poems since she was five years old. She is the author of a book of short stories, The End Of The Woman In The Book, a poetry collection, Distillations, as well as the novels Odysseys and Turn It Around One More Time. Her latest novel, Express Delivery, which explores the subject of aging and was completed when she was 89, is available on

As she would put it, “I’ve had a lifelong addiction to memorizing great poetry.” She was still doing this when she died.

She leaves behind a loving daughter, Irene Mock, and son, Dan Clurman, and grandchildren, Anna, Paul and Rose.

As an expression of sympathy donations in Esther’s honor may be made to the Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation, Kalein Hospice and the Nelson CARES Society.

Megan Johnson of Thompson Funeral Service has been entrusted with cremation arrangements.

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