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Memorable Manitobans: Malick David Spivak (1903-1970)


Born at London, England on 3 June 1903, son of David Spivak, he came to Winnipeg at an early age and was educated in local schools and the Manitoba Law School, graduating from the latter in 1924. He articled in law with the firm of Shinbane, Morosnick and Roblin, and was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1925. He practiced law with the firm of Spivak and Spivak, and was made a Queen’s Counsel in 1960.

On 26 June 1927, he married Rose Portigal at Winnipeg. They had two sons: Sidney Spivak and Frank Spivak. He served as Chairman of the Miamonides College and Sharon Senior Citizens’ Home Building Fund. He was a member of the Manitoba Bar Association, Canadian Bar Association, Canadian Club of Winnipeg, Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, Shaarey Zedek Synagogue, Rosh Pina Synagogue, Glendale Country Club, Montefiore Club, Sharon Zionist Club, Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University, YMHA, and Winnipeg Young Judean Club (President, 1918).

He died at Winnipeg on 22 June 1970 and was buried in the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery.


“Social and personal,” Manitoba Free Press, 1 June 1927, page 8.

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Nine Manitoba lawyers named Queen’s counsel,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 January 1960, page 32.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 23 June 1970, page 28.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 December 2021

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