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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Isaac Soronow (1906-1989)


Born at Winnipeg on 15 November 1906, son of Max Soronow and Rivka Rosenwasser, he attended the University of Manitoba, receiving his law degree Magna Cum Laude in 1934. He practiced law for fifty years, also acting as a prosecutor for the federal government. In 1955, he was appointed a Queen’s Counsel. During the Second World War, he served for nearly three years with Canadian military forces and, following his return to Winnipeg, served three terms as President of the General Monash Legion Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. He was also President of the Winnipeg and District Council of the Royal Canadian Legion and the National Standing Committee. Active in the community, he served as President of the North Winnipeg Liberal Association and as a member of the Manitoba Bar Associaton, Canadian Bar Association, Zionist Organization of Canada, Canadian Friends of Hebrew University, and other civic and charitable organizations. He was one of the original group that founded the Rosh Pina Synagogue, served as congregation President, and continued on the Board until his death. He died at Honolulu, Hawaii on 14 February 1989 and was buried in Rosh Pina Cemetery.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Prominent Conservative heads QC list,” Winnipeg Tribune, 31 December 1954, page 7.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 16 February 1989, page 45.

We thank Fred Soronow for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Kris Keen and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 July 2019

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