Obits: Fanny Green, Moshe Grossman, Esther Harris

Above: Harry & Esther Harris & Children, Toronto ca 1920. Back row from left: Harold, Meyer, Rachel, D. Lou, Millie, Joe, Ann. Middle: Kay, Jean, Fred. Front: Gertie, Harry & Esther, Leola. D. Lou Harris (top centre in striped tie) became an influential Jewish communal figure.
From Canadian Jewish News, Dec. 31, 1971

Fanny Green dead at 69

Fanny Green, wife of Louis Green who founded Greenwin Construction Co., died last week. She was 69 years old.

Mrs. Green was one of a family of 14 and came to Canada from Russia. She was married in 1922. In the 1930s she participated in a dramatic group of the Labour League and appeared in many Yiddish “protest” dramas.

Besides her husband, Mrs. Green leaves her  children Al, Harold, Sam, Mrs. Deana Weiman, Mrs. Sheila Tishler, all of Toronto, and Mrs. Rosalind Goldstein of Hamilton. She also leaves 24 grandchildren, brothers Max and Mayer Gutkin of Winnipeg, and sister Sophie Slan of Toronto. Services were held December 22 at Temple Sinai and interment was in the Farband Section, Mount Sinai Memorial Park. ♦

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Moshe Grossman (1962)

Moshe Grossman, whose funeral took place last week, was one of the pioneers of the Toronto Jewish community, the Canadian Jewish News reported towards the end of December, 1962. He was greater than ninety years old at his demise.

Grossman settled in Toronto nearly sixty years earlier as an immigrant from Ostrovtse, Poland. He was one of the founder of the Ostrovtzer Society. He is survived by four sons and two daughters. One of his sons is the Honourable Alan Grossman, M.P.P. and Commissioner of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario. The others are Isadore, Sam and David. The daughter are Mrs. Yetta Wertman and MRs. Ida Offstein. He also leaves twenty grandchildren and thirty great-grandchildren. ♦

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Esther Harris (1962)

Hundreds of Torontonians, among them the leaders of the Jewish community, participated last Thursday in the last rites for the late Esther Harris, one of the well known elder ladies in our city, the Canadian Jewish News reported in late December, 1962.

Mrs. Harris, who was 86, was known for her charitable works. She was predeceased by her husband Harry and two children, Anne and Harold. Surviving are D. Lou Harris, president of Holy Blossom Temple and prominent Canadian Jewish leader; Mrs. J. M. Mazerkoff (Mildred), Mrs. S. Goldstein (Rachael), Joseph of Montreal, Mrs. A. Curtis (Leola), Meyer, Mrs. H. Curtis (Gertrude) of Tucson, Arizona, Mrs. D. Bierstock (Kathleen) of Kitchener, Fred, Mrs. A. P. Kay (Jean) of Bakersfield, California.

The service took place at the Shaarei Shomayim Synagogue. Eulogies were delivered by Rabbis Walter S. Wurzburger, Bernard Rosensweig and W. Gunther Plaut. ♦