Memorable Manitobans: Jack Zane Hurtig (1923-1999)
Born at Winnipeg on 2 October 1923, son of immigrants Max Hurtig and Sadie Cohen, he attended Gordon Bell High School then graduated with an aeronautical engineering degree from the University of Minnesota. He worked for Trans-Canada Airlines (precursor to Air Canada) and the Canada Car & Foundry at Fort William, Ontario where he helped to design components for the Hawker Hurricane fighter aircraft.
In 1948 he joined the Israeli Air Force as a Lieutenant-Colonel and served at the Ramat David Air Base during the 1948-1949 war of independence. On retiring to Winnipeg, he and his father opened M. Hurtig & Son Furriers in the early 1950s, later known as the Hurtigs of Vaughan Street. After it closed in the late 1980s, he worked as a business consultant and real estate agent and was appointed to the Winnipeg Safe City Committee.
He died at Winnipeg of chronic emphysema on 1 January 1999 and was buried in the Shaarey Zedek Memorial Park.
Nephew of Adolph Hurtig.
“City’s famous furrier dies at 75,” Winnipeg Free Press, 2 January 1999, page A6.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 16 January 1999, page C12.
“Their good works live after them,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 1999, page A9.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 11 March 2022