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Memorable Manitobans: Manuel Norman Lecker (1913-2007)

Optometrist.

Born at Winnipeg on 3 January 1913, the eldest son of Joseph Allen Lecker (c1883-1924) and Marie Laura Clara Shaen (c1883-1979), and brother of Sydney Alexander Lecker, he grew up at Taber, Alberta and attained a BSc degree from the University of Manitoba as well as a Doctor of Optometry (Columbia University, 1935). He practised optometry for 60 years, at first with his uncle James Shaen, and later with his son Robert. He served as President of the Manitoba Association of Optometrists (1965-1966). During the Second World War, he served from October 1940 to October 1944 with the Canadian Army and Royal Canadian Air Force, and was honourably discharged with the rank of Sergeant. On 2 December 1944, he married Esther Shuckett (?-?) at the Royal Alexandra Hotel and they had three children. He died at Winnipeg on 19 July 2007 and was buried in the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary [Joseph A. Lecker], Winnipeg Tribune, 31 October 1924, page 3.

“Man succumbs to injuries in street brawl,” Winnipeg Tribune, 30 October 1924, page 1.

“Jury requests closing up of “joy” parlors,” Winnipeg Tribune, 5 November 1924, page 17.

“Witnesses tell court of fatal street brawl,” Winnipeg Tribune, 17 November 1924, page 1.

“Arthur Shaler to be tried for manslaughter,” Winnipeg Tribune, 18 November 1924, page 1.

“Free admission parlor owner standing trial,” Winnipeg Tribune, 16 December 1924, page 1.

“Lecker-Shuckett wedding held in early evening,” Winnipeg Tribune, 4 December 1944, page 9.

Obituary [Marie Lecker], Winnipeg Free Press, 5 March 1979, page 42.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 7 July 2007.

Winnipeg estate file PR07-01-76157, Manuel Norman Lecker, Archives of Manitoba.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 28 November 2017

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