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Eric Rennert, MD passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, December 7, 2022 surrounded by his family and loved ones. Survived by his high school sweetheart, partner and love of his life of 63 years, Elizabeth (Liz) Rennert; his loving daughters Jodi Rennert, MD and Michelle Moranz; his grandchildren Michael Moranz and fiancé Gioia Jensen, Mackenzie Moranz, Talia Rennert-Ariev and Shaelin Rennert-Ariev; his brother-in-law Zavie Levine and wife Harriet; as well as cousins, nieces, nephews, dear friends and colleagues in both Canada and Rochester, NY.
Born in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Eric moved with his parents to Montreal in grade school and graduated from Strathcona Academy as valedictorian of his class. He later went on to graduate from McGill University with both a Bachelor of Science in Honors Psychology as well as his Medical Degree.
Following his internship in Montreal, Eric and Liz moved to Rochester to pursue his residency in Psychiatry at Strong Memorial Hospital (The University of Rochester Medical Center).
Eric and Liz have remained in Rochester ever since as Eric practiced psychiatry for over 50 years. Through the decades, Dr. Rennert’s innumerable contributions to the medical community include serving as Chief of Psychiatry at Rochester General Hospital, Medical Director of the Rochester Community Mental Health Center and Fellow of the American Psychiatric Society. Eric had a true love for medicine and behavioral health and devoted his professional career to serving his community and patients.
Eric’s love for family, work and community was ever present not only in his professional career, but in Eric and Liz’s personal lives as well. Together they donated countless hours to various organizations and charitable pursuits which include support of the arts through Geva Theater and The Memorial Art Gallery, education through Monroe Community College and The University of Rochester as well as organizations benefiting seniors, women and girls.
Eric and Liz loved to travel the world and had many adventures together and with family. He loved to play tennis and golf, as well as ski and grill with his daughters at Hunt Hollow where he was a charter member and later served as President.
Eric was an ardent sports fan from the time he was a little boy cheering on the Montreal Royals, Brooklyn Dodgers and Montreal Canadiens. While in University he served as the sports editor of The McGill Daily and later in life he could be seen cheering on his grandchildren at all their soccer games, as well as the Buffalo Bills, Sabres and Los Angeles Dodgers.
Lastly, Liz and the entire family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Doctors Allen, Genier, Silver and the entire staff at the Rochester Regional Health Home Dialysis Clinic for the extraordinary care they provided Eric over the last several years.
A celebration of his life with family and close friends will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Eric’s memory to a charity of your choice.