Daily Telegraph, October 4, 1915, Microfilm # 122
Many friends will regret to learn of the death of Louis Goldfeather, eldest son of Mr and Mrs. F. Goldfeather, 158 Prince William street, which occurred on Tuesday night at the General Public Hospital after a short illness following an operation. Besides his parents, one brother and three sisters survive.
Gravestone reference code(s): JM 998.61.380. Memorial plaque in synagogue: Samuel Meltzer - A4.
Telegraph Journal, December 24, 2001
Abraham 'Abe' M. Calp, husband of the late Fena (Belenkaya) Calp, of Saint John New Brunswick, died December 22, 2001 at the Saint John Regional Hospital. The 96 year-old entrepreneur and philanthropist was born in Odessa, Russia, on August 1, 1905, the eldest son of Marcus and Sarah Calp. Abe arrived in Saint John on December 2, 1926, two years almost to the day, after fleeing Odessa with his mother, sister, brother, and his childhood sweetheart and wife, Fena Belenkaya, following the death of his father. In 1933, Abe Calp established Calps Ltd., a major department store, which for more than 60 years, served Saint John from its Charlotte Street location. Abe became a citizen of the British Empire in 1931 and, like every other Canadian, he became a Canadian citizen in 1947.
Mr. Calp was instrumental in organizing the 'Fena Belenkaya Calp Volunteer of the Year' memorial fund, and was one of the cornerstones of the Boys & Girls Club movement. Abe had joined the Saint John Rotary Club in 1942, and served as the deputy chairman of the Rotary Admiral Beatty Building Fund. Mr. Calp had been honored by the Rotary Club in many ways, as he was made a 'Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary International Foundation', and was awarded the Canada 125 medal. Abe was a chartered member and past president of the New Brunswick Division of the Canadian Arthritis Society and in 1973, was honoured by Goveneur General Roland Michener with a life membership to the Canadian Arthritis and Rheumatism Society. He became a director of the Saint John Boys & Girls Club, was founding chairman of the Saint John Boys & Girls Club Endowment Fund, and, in 1974, he was the campaign chairman of the Boys & Girls Club Rebuilding Fund, raising more than $1 million to repair its fire-damaged building. In his lifetime, he was honoured as both a Life Member and a Master Builder of the Saint John Boys & Girls Club, and was a member of the Board of the National Boys & Girls Club of Canada.
In 1957, he was appointed to the first Urban Renewal Commission in Canada, and was an organizer and later chairman of Fundy Linen Services Inc.. Mr. Calp had served on three local hospital boards, and was the chairman of the Saint John Centracare Endowment Fund (later, Mindcare, New Brunswick). He was a counsellor of the Saint John Board of Trade, a director of the Saint John Community Concert Association, the Music Festival, and the Symphony Orchestra. He served for 25 years as a member of the Atlantic Exhibition Association. Mr. Calp became president of the Saint John Merchants Association and the Associated Stores of Canada. He was a charter member of the Retail Council of Canada, serving as vice-president and director for 22 years. In 1985, his peers in the retail industry honoured him with the Distinguished Canadian Retailer Award.
He was a member and past-president of the Shaarei Zedek Congregation and served as a general chairman of the Maritime Region of the Jewish National Fund. He was vice-president of the Zionist Organization of Canada, president of the Saint John Ezra Lodge, Zionist Order of Habonim and chairman of the United Jewish Appeal and State of Israel Bond Campaign. Throughout his lifetime, Mr. Calp was also a member of the Union Club, Probus Club, Masonic Lodge #2, Carleton Lodge, the CNIB Advisory Board, and the Westfield and Riverside Gold and Country Clubs.
Abe was the last surviving member of his immediate family. He is survived by his three daughters, Marie Bornstein of Toronto, Lucille Kerr of Halifax, and Francine Goldsmith of Saint John, his seven grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents, his wife, Fena in 1989, his brother, Jack, and his sister, Celia.
The funeral service will be held on Monday, December 24, 2001 at 2 p.m. from Brenan's Select Community Funeral Home Chapel, 111 Paradise Row, Saint John, NB, (634-7424). Internment will take place at Shaarei Zedek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances to the Saint John Boys & Girls Club Endowment Fund or to the charity of the donor's choice would be appreciated by the family.
Gravestone reference code(s): JM 2002.44.98. Memorial plaque in synagogue: Our Departed - D5.