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Memorable Manitobans: Easton Irving Lexier (1926-2020)

Engineer.

Born at Winnipeg on 8 May 1926, son of Jack S. Lexier (1891-1970) and Lena “Len” Goldin (1899-1985), he was educated at Isbister School, Champlain School, Machray School, and St. John’s Technical High School. After taking an engineering degree from the University of Manitoba (1945-1948), he joined his cousin Cecil Blankstein at the architectural firm of Green Blankstein Russell Architects as one of its first full-time structural engineers. In 1949, he helped to design the Shaarey Zedek Synagogue, of which he was an active member, serving as its Vice-President (1983-1985) and President (1985-1987) and later serving on its board and committees. He would spend 50 years at the firm, the last 20 years as its managing partner. In the 1960s, he became politically active, working on the campaigns of Maitland Steinkopf, Bud Sherman, and Sidney Spivak. He served as a member and Chair of the Winnipeg Building Commission and spent more than 20 years on the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes, including a term as its Chair. He was a member of the Maple Leaf Curling Club. He died at Winnipeg on 3 January 2020, survived by his widow and their three children, and was buried in the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery.

Sources:

Marriage registration [Jack Lexier, Lena Goldin], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary [Jack S. Lexier], Winnipeg Free Press, 6 October 1970, page 28.

Obituary [Len Lexier], Winnipeg Free Press, 27 August 1985, page 55.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 4 January 2020.

Funeral service for Easton Lexier Z"L, YouTube.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 January 2020

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