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Memorable Manitobans: Percy Genser (1909-1987)


Born at Winnipeg on 26 October 1909, son of Bella Druxerman (c1884-1978) and musician Morris “Moe” Genser (1880-1961), he learned to play the flute and saxophone at an early age and worked in the family store, with his father and two older brothers Lawrence Genser (1906-1997) and Harold A. Genser (1908-1980, husband of Bonnie Genser), that began selling sheet music and later radios and home appliances. Genser’s eventually became one of the largest furniture stores in western Canada. On 28 June 1936, he married Esther Gertrude Moscovitch at Winnipeg and they had three children. He was Vice-President of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Football Club, President of the Manitoba Theatre Centre, and was active with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Glendale Golf Club. He died at Calgary, Alberta on 25 September 1987.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 26 September 1987, page 45.

“Remembering Percy Genser” by Christopher Dafoe, Winnipeg Free Press, 28 November 1987, page 6.

Obituary [Lawrence Genser], Winnipeg Free Press, 4 July 1997, page 33.

Obituary [Esther Genser Kaplan], Winnipeg Free Press, 8 June 2011.

Genser’s Furniture of Winnipeg by Christian Cassidy, This Was Manitoba.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 June 2019

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