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 Max James “M.J.” Finkelstein

Max James “M.J.” Finkelstein

Birth
Ukraine
Death 6 May 1960 (aged 77)
Winnipeg, Greater Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Burial Winnipeg, Greater Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Memorial ID 100495095 · View Source
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From Manitoba Historical Society website,
http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/people/finkelstein_mj.shtml

Born on 7 September 1882, son of Joseph Finkelstein and Mary Lieberman, he came to Winnipeg in 1891. After going through public schools and the Winnipeg Collegiate Institute, he attended the University of Manitoba from which he graduated in 1904. He read law with the firm of Hough, Campbell & Ferguson and was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1907. He formed a law partnership with Elias R. Levinson. In one of his early cases, he fought the extradition of Fedorenko, a political refuge from the Czarist government of Russia. Later in his life he practiced law with his daughter Rytsa in the firm of Finkelstein, Finkelstein & White. He was made a King's Counsel in 1936.

On 29 July 1923, he married Rose E. Ripstein (1863-1940), a daughter of Simon A. Ripstein. They had three daughters: Miriam Joy Finkelstein (1925-1997; Mrs. Leonard Halprin), Rytsa Enid Finkelstein (1927-2009), and Gyta Hope Finkelstein (1930-2007; Mrs. Leonard Wolchock). He was a member of the IOOF, Knights of Pythias, Woodmen, Maccabees, B'nai B'rith Lodge, Masons, Canadian Friends of Hebrew University, and Shaarey Zedek Synagogue. He served on the executive committee of the Canadian Club of Winnipeg and was patron of the Young Men's Liberal Club. He was honorary vice-president of the South Centre Liberal Association, president of the Jewish Community Council of Winnipeg, president of the Canadian Jewish Congress (Western Division), honorary vice-president of the Zionist Organization of Canada, and president of the Order of B'nai B'rith. His recreations included golf, motoring and football.

He died in his Winnipeg office on 9 May 1960 and was buried in Shaarey Zedek Cemetery.


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  • Maintained by: Carrie Wolchock
  • Originally Created by: humphreysetc
  • Added: 10 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100495095
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Max James “M.J.” Finkelstein (7 Sep 1882–6 May 1960), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100495095, citing Shaarey Zedek Cemetery, Winnipeg, Greater Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada ; Maintained by Carrie Wolchock (contributor 47996591) .