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Memorable Manitobans: Alvin Sprintz (1922-2012)

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Alvin Sprintz
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Musician.

Born at Bessarabia, Romania on 18 January 1922, son of Malka and Yakov Sprintz, his family immigrated to Canada and he grew up in Winnipeg’s North End. There he discovered a life-long love of music, learning to play violin, clarinet, and saxophone, and composing music for bands that he led. He performed at nightclubs around Winnipeg, especially at Harry Smith’s Club Morocco where he entertained for 26 years. During the Second World War, he entertained troops around Europe as a member of the Air Force. He continued to play until about five years before his death. He died at Winnipeg on 15 March 2012 and was buried in the Hebrew Sick Benefit Cemetery.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 24 March 2012.

We thank Owen Clark for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 December 2019

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