As a child Velvel survived the Stalinist purges, the hunger in Leningrad and world war 2.
Ultimately, under the directive of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, he made it to Canada, where he went to Yeshivah and became a Shochet.
He worked for the Rebbe’s Mosdos in Detroit and in Oholei Torah NY, as a teacher for over fifty year's and educated many hundreds of talmidim infusing them with true yiras shamyim and chassidishkeit
He was such a special person, a true yiras shamayim and someone always with a chayus and excitement for life. He was a devoted husband, father and zeidy, always putting family as his top priority. He took a deep interest in the lives of each family member and showed love, care and concern for them all, each on a personal level.
Reb Velvel was a true chossid and model of what it means to be a pnimi. He was someone devoted to the his Rebbe and his goal.
There is much to learn from this one special man! תהא נשמתו צרורה בצרור החיים