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Memorable Manitobans: Jacob “Jack” Isaak (1921-2004)


Born in Russia in 1921, he came to Canada at young age and grew up at Rivers. He graduated from the Central Normal School (1951) and began a 33-year career in education, working at Strassberg School (?-?), Willowdale School (?-?), and as Principal at Cartwright School (1955-1956), Minto School (1958-1959), Maple Leaf School / Morden Elementary (1960-1964) and elsewhere until retirement in 1985. He also worked as a Crop Inspector for the Department of Agriculture and served on the boards of the Morden and District Museum and the MSTW Planning Commission. In recognition of his community service, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (1977). He met Katharine “Katie” Neufeld (1923-2012) at Whitewater in 1949 and they were married on 22 June 1950 at Whitewater Church. They had five children and moved to Morden in 1959. He died at the St. Boniface Hospital on 28 June 2004.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 2 July 2004, page 27.

Obituary [Katie Isaak], Winnipeg Free Press, 9 September 2012, page B13.

Winnipeg estate file PR13-01-94506, Katharine “Katie” Isaak, Archives of Manitoba.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 26 December 2018

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