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Memorable Manitobans: Albert Benjamin Boxer (1918-2005)

Chess player.

Born in 1918 to Isidore Boxer (1887-1951) and Esther Boxer (?-1980), he grew up in Winnipeg and served in the Royal Canadian Air Force in the Second World War, working as a radio technician in England, North Africa, and Italy. Returning to Winnipeg, he sold life insurance. He became involved in Winnipeg’s chess community where he was active as a leader, player, coach, and fundraiser. He was President of the Winnipeg Jewish Chess Club from 1952 until 1994. In 1997, he was honoured with the establishment of the Albert Boxer Classic tournament. He was also well known for his love of words and books, a sense of humour, which he retained into old age, his commitment to ideals of freedom and country, and his vibrant mind. On 26 October 1946, he married Phyllis Wolfe (1926-2019) and they had two daughters. He died at Winnipeg on 8 March 2005.


“Lac. A. B. Boxer,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 September 1943, page 3.

“Phyllis D. Wolfe exchanges vows with A. B. Boxer,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 November 1946, page 14.

“Isidore Boxer, Winnipeg furrier dies in 65th year,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 February 1951, page 25.

“A good name to know,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 September 1968, page 6.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 16 April 2005.

Obituary [Phyllis Dean Boxer], Winnipeg Free Press, 15 January 2020.

We thank Gordon Goldsborough for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Lois Braun.

Page revised: 26 August 2021

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