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Memorable Manitobans: David Spivak (1873-1961)

Social reformer, philanthropist.

Born in Russia on 10 March 1873, he came to Canada in 1906 and settled on a farm at Bird’s Hill. He was active in every Winnipeg Jewish welfare organization, particularly the Jewish Orphanage, and the Jewish Old Folks Home (later the Sharon Home). In the 1930s he was a member of the Refugee Settlers’ Committee of the Canadian Jewish Congress and travelled extensively to assist in bringing refugees to Canada. He died at Richmond, British Columbia on 19 April 1961, while boarding an airplane to return to Winnipeg.

Father of Malick D. Spivak.


Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 20 April 1961, page 30.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 July 2016

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