Memorable Manitobans: Fred Myer Sures (1885-1937)
Born at Bogopole, Russia in 1885, he came to Winnipeg in 1906 and worked in various businesses until 1915 when he organized the Canadian Shirt and Overall Manufacturing Company. In 1920 he organized the wholesale dry goods and manufacturing company of Sures Brothers Limited with himself as President. In 1925 his company took over the liquidated assets of Ames-Holden-McCready Company and, in 1931, the old firm of R. J. Whitla Company, also in liquidation. In 1931 he took an interest in the gasoline refining firm of Radio Oil Refineries.
On 22 March 1910, he married Sarah Rivka Hechtel (1893-1947) at Winnipeg and they had five children: Pearl Sures (1911-?), Ethel Sures (1916-1933), Rose Sures (1917-?), Ellen Sures (1919-?), and Joseph Sures (1922-?). The family lived at 177 Machray Avenue, Winnipeg. He served as a President of the Winnipeg Hebrew Free School, Vice President of the Canadian Zionist Organization of Canada, and a Director of Shaarey Zedek Synagogue. He was a member of the Canadian Club of Winnipeg, Winnipeg Board of Trade, and YMCA. In 1933, he had a grand home built at 1021 Wellington Crescent, where he lived until his death.
He died at his Winnipeg home, following a lengthy illness on 22 December 1937. He was buried in the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery.
Marriage registration [Fred Sures, Sarah Hechtel], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Birth registrations [Pearl Sures, Etthel Sures, Rose Sures, Ellen Sures, Joseph Sures], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Miss Ethel M. Sure dies following long illness,” Winnipeg Free Press, 20 April 1933, page 9.
Death registrations [Fred Myer Sures, Sarah Riuka Sures], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Prominent business man dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 December 1937, page 9.
“Men of Winnipeg in Diamond Jubilee Sketches,” Winnipeg Free Press, December 1934. [University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections, Winnipeg Elite Study, G. Friesen Fonds, Mss 154, Box 15, File 8]
We thank Greg McLaren for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 27 February 2023