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Memorable Manitobans: Mendle Martin Meltzer (1921-2008)

Lawyer, community activist.

Born in Saint John, New Brunswick on 6 November 1921, he received his bachelor’s degree from Mount Allison University then obtained a law degree from the University of New Brunswick in 1948. He corresponded for several years with a Winnipeg girl named Marcia Duboff; they were married on 30 December 1945. In 1949 they moved to Winnipeg where he began his law practice, which continued for the next 50 years.

He served as the first Canadian President of B’nai Brith District 6, president of the Winnipeg Jewish Community Council and was a member of Bill Norrie’s Cross Cultural Relations Committee for which he received the City of Winnipeg Community Service Award. He was actively involved in the Jewish National Fund and was one of the first chairs of the Negev Dinner. He served on the boards for the Sharon Home, the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba, and B’nai Brith. He helped to acquire land for and develop the B’nai Brith Camp at Lake of the Woods. He received the B’nai Brith Humanitarian Award.

He died on 15 March 2008.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 22 March 2008.

“Manitobans’ Legacy a Better Province,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 January 2009, page B2.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 March 2016

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