Manitoba Historical Society
     Keeping history alive for over 140 years

 

Pay & Donate in the MHS Online Shop

Manitoba History No. 88
Manitoba
History

No. 88

Lieutenant Governor's History Award
Lieutenant
Governor's
History
Award

MHS Fundraising Dinner
MHS
Fundraising
Dinner

War Memorials in Manitoba
War
Memorials
in Manitoba

This Old Elevator
This Old
Elevator

Abandoned Manitoba
Abandoned
Manitoba

Memorable Manitobans
Memorable
Manitobans

Historic Sites of Manitoba
Historic Sites
of Manitoba

Memorable Manitobans: Morris Abraham Gray (1887-1966)

Click to enlarge

Morris Abraham Gray
Click to enlarge

Manager, MLA (1941-1945), MLA (1946-1949), MLA (1950-1953), MLA (1954-1957), MLA (1958-1959), MLA (1959-1962), MLA (1963-1966).

Born at Gomel, Russia on 16 May 1887, son of Abraham and Sara Gur-Arie, he attended high school in Russia then, after coming to Canada in 1908, attended night school in Winnipeg. On 15 October 1911, he married Sonia Bruser (c1887-1975), daughter of H. Bruser, of Winnipeg. They had four children: Abraham Bernard Gray (1912-?), David Lyon Gray (1915-?, husband of Freda Isaacs), Sara Ida Gray (1917-?, wife of David Swett), and Anne Gray (?-?). He was a member of the Winnipeg School Board from 1926 to 1930, and an alderman on the Winnipeg City Council from 1930 to the early 1940s. He served as President of the Jewish Children's Aid Society, Winnipeg Community Chest Board, Honorary Vice-President of the Canadian Jewish Congress, and Chairman of the Labor Zionist Organization. First elected to the Manitoba Legislature at the 1941 general election, he was re-elected in 1945, 1949, 1953, 1958, 1959, and 1962. In 1964, he was given a Manitoba Golden Boy Award for meritorious community service. He died at Winnipeg on 12 January 1966.

Uncle of Gerald B. Gray.

Sources:

Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1943.

“Earnest debtor,” Winnipeg Tribune, 4 August 1948.

“Veteran MLA, M. A. Gray dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 January 1966, page 6.

Obituary [Sonia Gray], Winnipeg Free Press, 8 October 1975, page 55.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 December 2018

Memorable Manitobans

Memorable Manitobans

This is a collection of noteworthy Manitobans from the past, compiled by the Manitoba Historical Society.

Search the collection by word or phrase, name, place, occupation or other text:

Custom Search

Browse surnames beginning with:
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | Y | Z | 2017


Send corrections and additions to the Memorable Manitobans Administrator at biographies@mhs.mb.ca

Criteria for Memorable Manitobans | Suggest a Memorable Manitoban  | Our Inspiration | Acknowledgements

Support the MHS and

Back to top of page

   


To report an error on the above page, please contact the MHS Webmaster.

Home  |  Terms & Conditions  |  FAQ  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy  |  Donations Policy

© 1998-2019 Manitoba Historical Society. All rights reserved.