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Memorable Manitobans: A. Herman Aronovitch (1882-1952)

Financial agent, community activist.

Born in Russia on 19 August 1882, son of Joseph H. and Rifca Aronovitch, he left Russia in 1886 and settled in New York; afterwards moving to Grand Forks, North Dakota in 1887. After finishing his education there, he engaged in mercantile business. On 28 June 1904, he married Gertrude Leipsic and they eventually had two sons and four daughters. In 1905, he joined the staff of New York Life, and after two years with this company, he came to Winnipeg in 1907 where he founded Aronovitch and Leipsic, doing business in real estate, general financial, and insurance. Active in Winnipeg’s Jewish community, he was one of the founders of the local B’nai B’rith lodge and its President in 1910, a founder of the Jewish Old Folks’ Home of Western Canada, and a founder and board member for the Jewish Welfare Fund of Winnipeg. He also served as President of the Jewish Orphanage of Western Canada, the Shaarey Zedek Synagogue, and the Young Men’s Hebrew Association. He was an executive member of the Winnipeg Community Chest, Winnipeg Real Estate Board, and Canadian Club of Winnipeg. He died while on a business trip at Edmonton, Alberta, on 8 September 1952, and was returned for burial in Winnipeg.

Sources:

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

“City realtor dies suddenly on Alta. trip,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 September 1952, page 3.

“A. H. Aronovitch funeral service held Wednesday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 September 1952, page 32.

“Free Press Necrology Files,” Winnipeg Elite Study, G. Friesen Fonds, Mss 154, Box 15, File 16, University of Manitoba Archives]

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 October 2015

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