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Memorable Manitobans: Abram Albert DeFehr (1910-1998)


Born at Millerowo, Russia on 15 July 1910, he emigrated to Canada with his family in 1925. In 1945 he founded Palliser Furniture, which became one of the largest furniture manufactuers in Canada, with plants in Alberta, Manitoba, and North Carolina. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Mennonite Brethren Bible College (later Concord College), the Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute, and Camp Arnes, and he helped to establish the Mennonite Economic Development Association. He died at Winnipeg on 14 March 1998 and was buried in the Green Acre Cemetery.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 16 May 1998, page C7.

“They are gone, but not forgotten”, Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 1998, page A4.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 November 2011

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