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Memorable Manitobans: Reuben Simon Robinson (1864-1934)

Fur dealer.

Born in Russia in September 1864, he came to Canada as a child and lived in several cities in eastern Canada before moving to Winnipeg in 1903. He founded the fur dealership of R. S. Robinson and Sons and operated it until a couple of months before his death. Active in the city’s Jewish community, he was President of the Winnipeg Hebrew Free School, President of the Western Canada Jewish Orphanage, and President of the Shaarey Zedek Synagogue. He was a member of the B’nai B’rith and Masons. In 1914, he stood for election to the Winnipeg Board of Control. He and wife Bessie Sugarman (1869-?) had nine children: Hattie Robinson (1890-?), Dora Robinson (1892-?, wife of Joseph Cohen), Fanny R. Robinson (1894-1988, wife of Irvine J. Goldstine), Sydney Isaac Robinson, Wilbur J. Robinson (1898-1957), Nathan Edgar Robinson (1901-1957), Ralph Theodore Robinson (1904-1987), Percival Samuel “Percy” Robinson (1906-?), and Ruth Beatrice Robinson (1908-?, wife of Felix H. Leberg). He died in his suite at the Royal Alexandra Hotel on 22 February 1934 and was buried in the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: R S R Building (11 Martha Street, Winnipeg)


“Civil elections,” Manitoba Free Press, 29 October 1914, page 18.

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

“R. S. Robinson, prominent in fur trade, dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 22 February 1934, page 9.

“City fur dealer dies at summer home,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 September 1957, page 33.

“W. J. Robinson, fur business leader dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 November 1957, page 26.

Obituary [Ralph Theodore Robinson], Winnipeg Free Press, 18 February 1987, page 48.

Obituary [Fanny R. Goldstine], Winnipeg Free Press, 12 March 1988, page 64.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 July 2017

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