File consists of an article by Brant Scott of Fifty-five plus magazine (June 2010) and one photograph of Abe Bookman donated by his half-sister Mildred Weinstein.
A.Z.A. - Members
Abe Bookman was born in Russia in 1920 and came over to Canada when he was a young child. His mother died when he was very young and his father Jacob remarried soon after settling in Ottawa. Mr. Bookman had two uncles who brought him over from the old country.
Abe Bookman was an active young man who enjoyed sports and was a graduate of Lisgar Collegiate Institute. He was also an A.Z.A. member who joined the air force at the age of 19.
Abe Bookman trained in various places in Canada as a navigator and went overseas at the beginning of the war. Flight Lieutenant Bookman was in Ferry Command and often told the story of not being allowed to drive his father's truck even after transporting Sir Winston Churchill safely.
After the war, Abe went to Toronto to study accounting. He met his future wife Lila Pleet and returned to Ottawa where he worked for his father-in-law in the wholesale produce business. After a time, he went to work for M. Loeb. He worked at Loeb's for 35 years, specializing in the real estate division of the grocery business.
The Bookman's first lived in Centretown. Eventually, they built a house in Alta Vista. They had three sons, Stephen (of Montreal), Richard and David (both living in Toronto). Mrs. Bookman died in 2006. Mr. Bookman is currently residing at Rideau Place, Ottawa.
1. Photograph is a copy of original returned to Mrs. Weinstein. Copy made by LUX photographic Inc., Summer 2008.
3. Photograph used in Remembrance Day AZA Display at SJCC, 2008.