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Memorable Manitobans: Samuel Nathan “Sam” Cohen (1919-1988)

Business executive.

Born at Winnipeg on 9 July 1919, at the time of his death he was President of Gendis Incorporated, Chairman and CEO of Saan Stores Limited, Vice-Chairman and Director of Metropolitan Stores of Canada Limited, Director of Greenberg Stores Limited, and a member of the advisory committee of Royal Trust Corporation of Canada.

He was Chairman of the Board of the United Jewish Appeal Campaign and played a leading role in the Combined Jewish Appeal. He was a committee member of the Manitoba Centennial Corporation, Honorary Chairman of the Board of the St. Boniface Hospital Research Foundation, Chairman of the Olympic Special Events. In 1976, he helped to establish the St. Boniface Research Foundation International Award. He played a role in the establishment of the Centennial Concert Hall, Manitoba Theatre Centre, and Winnipeg Art Gallery. In recognition of his philanthropic contributions, he was given the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (1977), an honorary doctorate from the University of Manitoba (1979), the Israel Peace Medal (1983), and was inducted into the Order of Canada (1978).

Cohen died on 28 July 1988.


“Prominent philanthropist dead,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 July 1988.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 31 July 1988.

We thank Eric Levine for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 June 2019

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