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Memorable Manitobans: Isadore “Issy” Wolch (1908-2006)

Dentist, community activist.

Born at Winnipeg on 28 January 1908, son of immigrants Leib and Ronia Wolch, he attended Norquay School and St. John’s High School. In 1932, he received a dental degree from the University of Alberta, then practiced dentistry in Winnipeg from 1932 to 1987. He held the first license for root canal therapy in the province and was a founder and past president of the Canadian Academy of Endodontists. He traveled to demonstrate his skill at dental colleges in Peru, Argentina and other countries.

As a member of the CCF party, later the NDP, he served on the Winnipeg City Council (1963-1968) and the Winnipeg School Board, and he served on the Municipal Board of Manitoba. He received the City of Winnipeg Community Service Award in 1967 and 1982. He was President of the Alpha Omega Fraternity of the B’nai Brith Lodge 650, Contemporary Dancers, and Jewish Historical Society of Western Canada. He was a founding member of the Rosh Pina Synagogue and Glendale Country Club. He wrote several books of autobiography and local history.

He died at Winnipeg on 29 August 2006.


“Twelve candidates seeking 7 seats on school board,” Winnipeg Free Press, 20 October 1956, page 10.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 16 September 2006.

“They will not be forgotten,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 January 2007, page

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 October 2016

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