Bella and Oscar Antel

My Story...

Oscar Antel was born in 1923 in Dombrovitz, Poland. He came to Winnipeg with his mother Vittle Antel (nee Beigun) and sister Shirley in 1930 to join his father Leible who came to Winnipeg in 1929, one year earlier. His father Leible worked in the fruit business and later as a foreman in a glove factory.

Oscar attended I.L. Peretz School and Isaac Newton High School. He served overseas with the Royal Canadian Air Force and attended the University of Manitoba to receive a degree as a Chartered Accountant several years later.

He married Bella Roitman in 1943. Their children are son Jack, married to Avis (nee Bay) and grandchildren Samson (married to Daisy), Dori and Eli, daughter Shelley and grandchildren Dana and Elly, son Joel, married to Bonnie (nee Diamond) and grandchildren Zachary, Darryl and Rebecca.

Bella's parents Rokhl and Dovid Roitman came to Winnipeg from Balilivka, Ukraine in 1926. They owned a grocery store and Dovid was a prominent Khazan in the city. Bella is the second of their four children.

Bella attended I.L. Peretz School and St. John's High School and became a kindergarten teacher at the Sholem Aleichem school and then at the I.L. Peretz School which then enrolled over 110 children in kindergarten alone.

Oscar was involved with the Jewish Community for many years. He was a Vice President of the General Monash Canadian Legion, Chairman of the Board of Education and then President of the I.L. Peretz School. He held office as Chairman of Community Relations and then as Chairman of the Western Division of Canadian Jewish Congress and a member of the National Executive of Congress. He was the last Chairman of the Western Division and was therefore party to the formation of the Jewish Community Council. He served on the Board and committees of the Jewish Community Council for many years. He is active in the Yiddish Committee of Congress and at present still serves as a National Chairman. He served on council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Manitoba and on it's National Research Committee. He was elected as an F.C.A. (Fellow of the Chartered Accountants) in 1972.

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