Fonds consists of Pilot’s Flying Log Book; mounted war medals; material describing reconnaissance flying; photocopy of discharge papers; five copies of the newspaper Recce (39 Wing) Flash published in Luneburg, Germany in 1945 with the Editorial Assistance of F/L Don Snipper; Jewish War Veterans c…
Fonds consists of Pilot’s Flying Log Book; mounted war medals; material describing reconnaissance flying; photocopy of discharge papers; five copies of the newspaper Recce (39 Wing) Flash published in Luneburg, Germany in 1945 with the Editorial Assistance of F/L Don Snipper; Jewish War Veterans cap and VE Medal, 1945-1995.
Don Snipper (b. 1915 - d. December 20, 2003) was born in Ottawa to Louise (Shapira) and Alfred Snipper. Don Snipper had four sisters, May, Mona, Dorothy (m. Dr. Harold Bernstein) and Ruth (Rubin). Alfred was born in Russia, moved to England, and then immigrated to Canada, settling in Ottawa. Alfred had an older brother Morris who may have been in Ottawa first. Alfred worked as an auctioneer and had an antique shop in the Lord Elgin Hotel. He was the official auctioneer for the McKenzie King estate.
Don attended Lisgar Collegiate from 1929 to 1934. He played on the basketball team, was part of the orchestra and joined the editorial staff of the yearbook Vox Lycei. Upon gradiation he attended St. Patrick’s College for a year before taking a position with the Federal Government.
In 1940, Don enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and received his wings in May 1941. He became a flying instructor and reconaissance pilot. He was posted overseas in April 1944. By the end of the Second World War he was flying long distance photo reconnaissance in Spitfires.
Upon returning to Canada, he studied at Osgoode Hall and graduated top of his class. Despite his high standing, he was refused an articling position with a large legal firm in Toronto because he was Jewish. He completed his articling in ehat he described as a “second rate situation”. Because it was difficult for Jews to enter established law firms, he returned to Ottawa and started working ofor Hy Soloway. He joined the firm of Sam Berger hen Sam offered him $5 more per week. Don Snipper became a Senior Partner at Snipper, Cohen, and Murray.
Don met Shirley Segall in Montreal where he was teaching at St. Hubert, at the time Shirley was visiting from California. They became engaged after a three week courtship and Shirely's family was not very pleased because Don's parents were poor and separated, and due to the fact he was in the Canadian Air Force. Nevertheless they were married and raised four children; Jon (m.Colleen), Chick, Nancy, and Heather.
1. Lisgar information supplied by Joy Heft, Lisgar Archivist, fall 2008.
File consists of one photograph of Don Snipper taken by Yousuf Karsh and information sheet completed by Laurie Dougherty and fonds level description written by Dawn Logan.
A.Z.A. - Members
Don Snipper was born December 4, 1915, the son of Louise (Shapira) and Alfred Snipper.
He was president of A.Z.A. at one time.
He trained in St. Hubert and went overseas to Bournmouth in April of 1944. Even though he didn't like heights, he disliked water even more, so he chose the air force over the navy. He worked in photo reconnaissance during the war, but afterwards he did not fly or continue in photography. Instead, he studied law and eventually practised in Ottawa under Sam Berger. He died in 1999.
Donated by son J. D. Snipper
1. Photograph (copy) was used in Remembrance Day AZA Display at SJCC, 2008.