Memorable Manitobans: Gerald Gregory “Greg” Brodsky (1940-2022)
Born at Melville, Saskatchewan on 15 April 1940, one of two sons of Edith Gitterman (1910-1998) and Joseph Brodsky (1909-1978), his family moved to Winnipeg in 1945. He attended the Manitoba Law School, graduating in 1963. He became a defense attorney and, over the course of a long and distinguished career, was said to have been involved in over 1,000 murder cases. He was involved in such high-profile cases as the defense of abortionist Henry Morgenthaler and wrongfully convicted Thomas Sophonow. He was made a Queen’s Counsel in 1977.
He served as a Life Bencher of the Law Society of Manitoba, President of the Manitoba Trial Lawyers’ Association (1977), a founding director of Skills Unlimited, and President of the Congregation Shaarey Zedek and member of its cemetery committee. On 29 December 1957, he married Sylvia Marilyn Brodsky (1941-2019) at the Shaarey Zedek Synagogue. He was an avid fan of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and a marathon runner.
He died at Winnipeg on 9 February 2022 and was interred in the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery.
“Student from West Indies Law School gold medalist,” Winnipeg Tribune, 19 May 1960, page 15.
“Judges turn backs on plea deals,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 June 1977, page 70.
Obituary [Joseph Brodsky], Winnipeg Free Press, 28 July 1978, page 43.
Obituary [Edith Brodsky], Winnipeg Free Press, 18 September 1998, page 34.
Obituary [Sylvia Marilyn Brodsky], Winnipeg Free Press, 24 September 2019.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 12 February 2022.
Funeral Service for Greg Brodsky Z"L, YouTube, 13 February 2022.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 14 February 2022