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Memorable Manitobans: Ephriam Ian Hoffer (1921-1991)

Businessman.

Born at Hoffer, Saskatchewan on 18 March 1921, at age 19, he joined the Royal Air Force and at 21, became the commanding officer of his unit overseas. In October 1942, he received his commission as an officer. After the World War Two, he started the first automatic car wash in Western Canada, founding Washtronics Limited in 1957. In 1960, he invented the first automatic bus washing system. A lifelong pilot, he would fly his own plane for business purposes, but also for volunteer causes, flying seriously ill patients to the Mayo Clinic and also once flying Rabbi Berkal across Western Canada on a fundraising campaign for Israel. He died on 9 April 1991.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, Saturday, 13 April 1991, page 42.

This profile was prepared by Kris Keen.

Page revised: 21 October 2009

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