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Memorable Manitobans: Reuben Cristall (1918-2008)


Born in Winnipeg on 17 February 1918, he served as a pilot in the RCAF during the Second World War. Upon his discharge, he joined his father managing a small store on Main Street. He grew that business into a successful chain of retail outlets, known as Stylerite Department Stores and Big Four Sales. He held leadership roles in the Jewish National Fund, Men’s ORT, Israeli Bonds, and the Shaarey Zedek Synagogue. He was instrumental in organizing the junior division of the YMHA and eventually became its president. He was named Man of the Year at the 1987 Negev Dinner of the Jewish National Fund. He died on 5 October 2008.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 30 October 2008.

“Manitobans’ Legacy a Better Province,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 January 2009, page B4.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 March 2016

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