File consists of information sheet, photocopied articles about Ralph Fonberg and b&w enlargement of family outside Fonberg's grocery.
A.Z.A. - Members
Ralph Fonberg's parents came to Ottawa in 1905 under the sponsorship of Oscar Petigorsky. Ralph was born December 30, 1922. He attended Talmud Torah School on George Street and was a member of A.Z.A. He decided to join the army because his good friends Harry Glatt, Abe Morrison, S. Applebaum and Jack Gordon had joined up.
He received basic training in Petawawa in 1941 and worked with a camoflage troop of the Royal Canadian Engineers. He was overseas for eight months and returned in 1944. The main activity of the troop was to go out on foot or motor cycle in advance of the front line and establish a position for headquarters. He did this in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany.
Ralph Fonberg recalls a Dr. Talner who came to an A.Z.A. meeting to warn returning soldiers of the perils of sexual contact with "questionable women". He also recalled going to a convention in Toronto and one in Montreal with A.Z.A. He was very active at one time producing plays and skits with other A.Z.A. members. He continued working in theatre with David Slover and others in Ottawa.
1. Photograph used in Remembrance Day AZA Display at SJCC, 2008 was from Liz Kronick. Contained in Kronick Family Folder, "Old Family photos" in Images database.
2. Ralph Fonberg interviewed by Laurie Dougherty at Perley Rideau Veteran's Hospital, July 2008.
Evening Times Globe, May 4, 1970, Page 22
Isaacs – At the Saint John General Hospital, May 3, 1970, A. Ralph Isaacs of 21 Orange Street, husband of Julia (Smith) Isaacs, survived by his wife, three daughters, one brother, one sister, five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
The body is resting at the Calvin Funeral Home (Hillsley), 91 Leinster Street, from where the funeral will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. Interment in Shaarei Zedek Cemetery. Rabbi Benjamin Eisenberg will officiate a memorial week to be observed at his residence, 21 Orange Street. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Saint John Tuberculosis Association.
Gravestone reference code(s): JM 998.61.512 / JM 2000.69.21. Memorial plaque in synagogue: Abraham E. Smith - C1.
Sergeant Ralph Frank of Hamilton, Ontario, was reported killed on active service (R.C.A.F. Casualty List No. 541) on March 30, 1943, according to an official announcement. Rabbi S. Gershon Levi, M.B.E., of Montreal, senior Canadian Jewish chaplain, officiated at his funeral. Among those attending the funeral was his friend Warrant Officer Albert Garshowitz, also of Hamilton, who himself lost his life in action two months later. Photo courtesy of Frank family and Sinead Victory.
Able Seaman Ralph Zbarsky of Vancouver, British Columbia, was killed in action aboard the H.M.C.S. Esquimalt off Halifax, Nova Scotia. Rabbi E.M. Levy officiated at the naval funeral. Able Seaman Zbarsky enlisted in the navy at Saskatoon when he was 17 years old.