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Looking back on Jewish community’s impact on life in Cape Breton - Cape Breton PostWednesday, March 27, 2019
Allen, Shore, Simon, Gold, Rosenblum, David, Ein, Chernin, Moraff, Spinner and Mendelson were once commonplace on storefronts and shops in the downtowns of Sydney, Whitney Pier, Glace Bay and New Waterford. But names familiar to older generations are now unknown to many young people.
So, what happened to these once vibrant Jewish communities?
A Matter of Survival
To understand why Jewish immigrants came to Cape Breton, one needs only to look at world history and specifically that of the Jewish people whose existence has always been punctuated with persecution. It dates back long before the Holocaust in which more than 6,000,000 Jews were killed by the Nazis during the Second World War.
Indeed, some 200 years before Christ, the Greek-controlled Seleucid Empire (that included the Holy Land) made it a capital offense to be in the possession of Jewish scriptures. By the Middle Ages, many Christians came to hold the Jewish people collectively responsible for the killing of Jesus. Jews were massacred during the Crusades, blamed for the plagues that devastated Europe, and discriminated against almost everywhere they settled.
Rabbi David Ellis
The Jewish people who arrived in Cape Breton in the late 1800s and early 1900s were also on the run. Most escaped Russian-governed Eastern European territories, including present-day Belarus and Ukraine, where rampant anti-Semitism targeted Jews in organized, violent and wide-scale government-condoned attacks known as "pogroms" in Russia.
Halifax-based Rabbi David Ellis said that while they fled across the globe, those who came to Cape Breton were quick to recognize the opportunities afforded by the area's burgeoning coal and steel industries.
"Given what was happening in the old coun...
Family remembers decorated WWII veteran - Brantford ExpositorWednesday, March 27, 2019
Born in Hungary in 1922, Mr. Miklos was four when his family came to Canada. They lived in New Waterford, Nova Scotia before moving to Brantford. A tool and die maker, Mr. Miklos volunteered for service overseas when the Second World War broke out in Europe.He served with the First Canadian Battalion, an elite airborne infantry battalion formed in 1942."When they found out that I was Hungarian they wanted me to become a spy," Mr. Miklos told an Expositor reporter during an interview a couple of years ago. "I said ‘no thanks, that's far too dangerous.'"Then they asked me how I felt about jumping out of a plane.'"The battalion came to prominence on D-Day, the start of the invasion of occupied Europe by the Allied forces.Members of the Canadian battalion, fought with the British 6th Airborne Division, dropped behind enemy lines in France. Their goal was to disrupt German forces by securing bridges needed for the invasion and to engage the enemy in firefights to prevent them from reinforcing German positions on the coast of France.Mr. Miklos was dropped in France in mid-June, after the initial attack and was with the campaign to liberate Nazi-occupied Europe for several months. He fought in France, Holland, Belgium and Germany.A tool and die maker by trade, Mr. Miklos worked at a couple of different factories in Brantford, including the old Chicago Rawhide plant. He also worked at American Can in Simcoe prior to retirement.An active member of St. Pius X Church, Mr. Miklos was a professional photographer who enjoyed woodworking and golfing."He was always pretty active and I think he was in his late 50s or early 60s when he decided to take up downhill skiing," Miklos said adding that he skied hills at Mont Tremblant and Vermont to name just...
New Waterford Strands star Leo Fahey dies at 93 - Cape Breton PostSaturday, March 02, 2019
SYDNEY, N.S. - A local hockey player who helped guide the New Waterford Strands to a Cape Breton Senior Hockey League championship title in the mid-1940s has died.
Leo Fahey, originally from New Waterford, died on Wednesday at the Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow. He was 93.
During his hockey career, Fahey was a star forward with the Strands. He scored the game-winning goal in the league championship in 1946 against the Sydney Millionaires, leading the New Waterford squad to victory in a contest that featured 96 minutes of overtime. He also played with the Stellarton Royals.
"When he played for the New Waterford senior team, he was a junior-age player," said Lowell Cormier, a member of the New Waterford and District Sports Hall of Fame.
"He played on the famous kid line for the Strands, which included Melvin Gadd and Doug Petrie. The team called them up and that line was the leading scorers in the playoffs."
Fahey, whose contributions to sport in both New Waterford and Pictou County are near-legendary, moved to Stellarton in 1...
Body of missing Glace Bay man found - Cape Breton PostSaturday, March 02, 2019
NEW WATERFORD, N.S. - Cape Breton Regional Police confirmed Monday night the body of David Gerard Simmons was found alongside a walking track off Plummer Avenue.
Police investigators and forensic identification officers responded to the scene at about 2 p.m. on Monday after receiving reports of a deceased man. The body will be sent for an autopsy to confirm the cause of death, but police do not suspect foul play.
Police were contacted by Simmons' family on Nov. 19, after they had not seen or heard from the 64-year-old Glace Bay native since Nov. 13 and were concerned for his health and well-being.
Last week, police said Simmons was last seen in the early afternoon of Nov. 15, walking on Plummer Avenue in the direction of Hinchey Avenue towards the ocean. They believe Simmons was at the New Waterford emergency room earlier that day and spent a few minutes speaking to two people in the entrance area.
A search was conducted by Cape Breton Search and Rescue in New Waterford on Nov. 27.
Joseph Kepiro - LancasterOnlineThursday, April 12, 2018
Ephrata, PA, passed away on Monday, February 19, 2018 at the Lancaster General Hospital.He was the beloved husband of Harriet Steffy Kepiro with whom he shared 61 years of marriage. Born in New Waterford, Nova Scotia, he was the son of the late Stephen and Mary Bihary Kepiro.Joe was owner and operator of Keystone Kennels of Parkesburg and later he was the owner and operator of Lincoln Lodge Motel of Lancaster. Always the inventor, he held many patents throughout his lifetime.He is survived, in addition to his wife, by three children: Suzanne K. Yoder and husband Leslie, of Gap, Joseph L. Kepiro and wife Connie, of Lititz, and James M. Kepiro and wife Deborah, of Strasburg; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and three brothers, Stephen Kepiro of Coatesville, Alex Kepiro of Lancaster and Tebor Kepiro of Parkesburg.He was predeceased by his sister, Pearl Verses.Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 23, 2018 at 11 AM from the Parkesburg Mennonite Church, 6 E. 2nd Ave, Parkesburg, PA 19365 followed by interment at the Millwood Mennonite Cemetery, Gap, PA. Family and friends are also invited to attend the viewing on Thursday evening from 6 to 8:00 PM at the Wilde Funeral Home...
BRIAN DAVID MUEHLMAN - Burlington County TimesWednesday, March 27, 2019
Brian enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was an avid whitetail deer hunter, traveling throughout United States and Canada hunting with his grandson, Kurt. Brian was a USCG Charter Captain on Lake Ontario for 15 years. His most cherished time was spent with his grandchildren. Survivors include his wife, Gail Krauss Muehlman; his mother and step father, Margaret (Rex) Smith of Wexford; daughter, Candi (Joe) Landles of Evans City; step daughter, Becky Flagler of Pittsburgh; siblings, Connie Federbusch, Laurie (Ron) Mahen, and Mark (Pam) Muehlman, all of Mercer; nine grandchildren, Kurt, Mariah, Rayna, Seth, Brandon, Riley, Connor, Liam, and Nico; and several nieces and nephews. Brian was preceded in death by his father, Paul Muehlman and his brother in law, Oscar Federbusch. Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, from 2 to 8 p.m. at the MARSHALL FUNERAL HOME, 200 Fountain Ave., Ellwood City. Friends will also be received at the funeral home on Thursday from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the blessing service at 11:30 a.m. Rev. Father Mark Thomas will officiate. Interment will follow in Holy Redeemer Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Brian's memory may be made to the Steven King Foundation, 621 Street, Jetmore, KS 67854 or Victory Junction, 4500 Adams Way, Randalman, NC 27317. Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh. com.
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Clark Davey, 1928-2019: 'The true journalist of journalists' - Ottawa CitizenWednesday, March 27, 2019
He was heartbroken after failing his medical, but an English teacher told him that people would pay him to write. So he enrolled in the first journalism degree course taught at University of Western Ontario, graduating in 1948 and joining the newsroom of the Chatham Daily News.There, he worked under Richard "Dic" Doyle, but moved to Kirkland Lake when the Thomson newspaper chain made him editor-in-chief of the Northern Daily News. His time there was brief, however, as his girlfriend, Joyce Gordon, issued him an ultimatum: Northern Ontario or me. He chose her: they married in September 1952.In the meantime, he joined the newsroom of the Globe and Mail, where his mentor Doyle had been working for a year.As a reporter with the Globe, Davey covered national and international affairs, including the Suez Canal crisis, the St. Lawrence Seaway project and the cancellation of the Avro Arrow program. During the 1957 federal election campaign, he recognized that Tory leader John Diefenbaker was gaining momentum and might actually win, and convinced his editors to allow him to stay with the Chief's campaign for 40 days.
Clark Davey, former publisher of the Montreal Gazette, displaying a mock-up of the paper's new Sunday edition in 1988.
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The Canadian Press
When Doyle became editor of the Globe in 1963, he chose Davey as his managing editor, and, according to Mills, the two raised the broadsheet's reputation from that of a local paper to a national one. Davey was managing editor for 15 years before joining the Vancouver Sun in 1978. He was publisher there until 1983, when he took over at the Gazette. He was publisher of the Citizen from 1989 to 1993. He was also president and chair of The Canadian Press, and co-founder and president of the Michener Awards Foundation that oversees the country's most prestigious journalism prize."He was the true journalist of journalists," says Kim Kierans, journalism professor at University of King's College in Halifax and Michener Foundation board member. "He told me when I last saw him in November, ‘If we're not providing the encouragement for journalism organizations and journalists within them to do the journalism that matters, then we're in trouble as a democracy.'"He was also a lovely man, smart and sparkling … with incredible enthusiasm for the business and its future."According to Mills, Davey, who in 2002 led a protest on the steps of the Ottawa Citizen after Mills was fired for running an editorial critical of then-prime minister Jean Chrétien, was known as tough and gruff, "but deep down he was a really kind and thoughtful person, and a very good friend who was always fair to people. But if you didn't know him, he could be intimidating."And although he called the shots on the job, it was Joyce who ruled the home roost. According to son Ric, his father only stopped the presses twice - once while at the Globe, when Joyce called him to report that she and Ric thought they had just seen a UFO."That was the kind of pull she had over him," says Ric.Clark Davey is survived by his wife, Joyce; brother Kenneth George; children Ric (Rita Celli), Kevin (Margaret) and Clark Jr. (...
Cecile J. Briggs - WatertownDailyTimes.comWednesday, March 27, 2019
Phillips Memorial Home in Massena. There will be no funeral services and burial will be at a later date in Calvary Cemetery, Massena.Cecile was born on November 14, 1933 in Cornwall, Ontario, the daughter of Claude and Bertha (Belanger) Villeneuve. She married Joseph Maugeri Jr. on February 21, 1958. He predeceased her on April 19, 1972. She later married Ivan Briggs on June 20, 1975. He predeceased her in June 2001.She enjoyed playing bingo, traveling and spending time on social media.She is survived by her son Joseph Maugeri III and his wife Becky of Clayville, NY; three grandchildren, Joseph, Benjamin and Matthew Maugeri; a brother, Cyril and wife Sylvia Villeneuve and two sisters, Claudette Lefebvre and Bernadette Good as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sisters Bernice Sequin and Marie Claire Payette.Arrangements are under the direction of Phillips Memorial Home in Massena. Memories and online condolences may be share with the family at www.PhillipsMemorial.com.
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