Memorable Manitobans: Samuel “Sam” Sair (1905-1973)
Businessman, community activist.
Born at Oxbow, Saskatchewan on 18 September 1905, son of farmers Isaac Sair (?-?) and Rachel Barnblatt (c1874-1951), he came to Winnipeg in 1921. He was in business until retirement in 1962 then he founded and was President of Skills Unlimited, a non-profit organization for the rehabilitation and retraining of emotionally handicapped people. On 7 September 1929, he married Esther Rosenblatt (1905-1990) at Winnipeg and they had a daughter, Ruth Phyllis Sair (1932-2004, wife of Murray Tapper and Samuel Segev). He was President of the Glendale Golf and Country Club (1949), a governor of the YMHA Community Centre, a Co-Chair of the Israel Bond Drive, the United Jewish Appeal, and other charitable organizations. He died at his Winnipeg home, 22 Nanton Boulevard, on 5 August 1973 and was buried in the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery.
Birth registration [Sam Sair], Saskatchewan Vital Statistics.
Marriage registration [Sam Sair, Esther Rosenblatt], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Saskatchewan pioneer, Mrs. Isaac Sair dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 February 1951, page 25.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 7 August 1973, page 22.
Obituary [Esther Sair], Winnipeg Free Press, 29 May 1990, page 38.
Obituary [Ruth Phyllis Sair-Segev], Winnipeg Free Press, 9 July 2004.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 2 January 2023