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Memorable Manitobans: Alexander Elihu Cantor (c1896-1969)


Born in Poland, he came to Canada with his family at the age of 8 and attended Winnipeg schools and Harvard University (BA 1917). He graduated from the Manitoba Law School in 1920 and was called to the Manitoba Bar the same year. He practiced in Winnipeg with the firm of McMurray, Robertson and Doyle. After serving in the army during the Second World War, he returned to law practice as a member of the firm of Cantor, Matas, Simkin, and Cantor. He was made a Queen’s Counsel in 1957.

On 18 August 1925, he married Anne Secter at Winnipeg. They had two daughters. He served as President or Chairman of the Greater Winnipeg Community Chest, Welfare Council of Greater Winnipeg, St. Boniface Hospital Building Fund, Associated Winnipeg Fresh Air Camps, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Foundation, Shaarey Zedek Congregation, St. John’s Technical High School Home and School Association, Winnipeg YMHA, and Maple Leaf Curling Club. He also served as a Director of the Canadian Club of Winnipeg, Glendale Country Club, Royal Canadian Legion (General Monash Branch), Jewish Old Folks Home, and Prisoners Aid Society of Canada.

He died at his cottage on West Hawk Lake on 23 August 1969 and was buried in the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery.


Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“10 new Queen’s Counsel named for Manitoba,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 January 1957, page 1.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 25 August 1969, page 26.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 16 September 2014

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