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Memorable Manitobans: Max “Spiggy” Spigelman (1912-2008)

Electrical engineer.

Born at Winnipeg on 19 September 1912, son of Victor Spigelman (?-?) and Sarah Tobin (c1883-1973), he attended Isaac Newton Junior High School and studied electrical engineering at the University of Manitoba, receiving a gold medal at graduation. His career with Winnipeg Hydro began in 1938, where he rose to become Assistant General Manager by his retirement in 1977. During the Second World War, he served in the Royal Canadian Air Force as a liaison officer at Washington, DC. He was married twice, first on 31 March 1936 to Alice Muriel Lebansky (?-1960) and second in 1977 to Ella Palansky (?-?). He had three sons. He died at Winnipeg on 23 December 2008.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Early teachers in spotlight,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 February 1962, page 3.

Obituary [Sarah Spigelman], Winnipeg Free Press, 27 October 1973, page 41.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 11 January 2009, page 29.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Edward K. Bricknell for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 November 2017

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