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Elias (Eli) Wolf Mandel
b- Dec 3, 1922 in Estevan SK
d- Sept 3, 1992 in Toronto ON
In an interview called himself a "Prairie Poet"
Born to Russian Jewish parents who emigrated from the Ukraine.
His father was Charles Mandel
b- ca 1893 in Nikohav Russia
d- Sept 1, 1956 in Hospital in Regina SK. age 63
Funeral in the Chesed Shel Emes Chapel.
Buried in the Memorial Park of the Beth Jacob Synagogue.
1920 Charles Mandel married a
Jewish girl from Hirsch SK.
Eli's Mother- Eva Mandel, nee Berner,
b- ca 1899? in Russia (I believe this is wrong, should be England
and year I believe is wrong as well.)
d- July 1955 in Hospital, in Regina, age 56, after a long illness.
Buried in the Jewish Cemetery in Regina.
Eva came from England in 1899 with her parents
She was a member of the Hadassah Organization for many years.
She had 2 brothers Alex Berner and William "Meyer?" Berner,
living in San Francisco in 1955
for Berner Family history
Charles Mandel immigrated to
Canada, ca 1907,
when he was 14 years old,
the family settled in Estevan,
where he was in the Grocery business for 25 years.
In 1935 the Charles Mandel family moved to Regina.
Charles Mandel owned the Crown
at 2635 Dewdney Ave. in Regina. in 1955
When Eva died in 1955, they lived at 1858 Winnipeg St. in Regina.
Charles was President of the
Family Foods Stores,
which he founded in June 1954
Member of the Regina Jewish community for 23 years.
Lived at 2341 Montreal St in Regina when he died.
Eli's sister, Rita
Yuditsky, nee Mandel, of Calgary AB.
Her husband Edward Yuditsky
Brother to Charles, and Uncle
to Eli Mandel,
was Max Mandel, a Store Merchant, in Estevan.
Max was born in the Russian village of Podouluy in 1884.
Max arrived in Canada in 1908, and spent his first year at Emerson MB.
In 1911 Estevan census, boarding with Robert Phillips family, at the time.
Eli was a cousin to Jake Barney Mandel, son of Max, who died in WWII.
Eli Mandel was awarded the
I.O.D.E. National Post Graduate Scholarship, thru ECI, in 1949
His family moved to Regina in 1935
so I doubt if he attended ECI, but would have attended
Elementary Public Schools in Estevan
1942 attended Regina College taking classes in Pharmacy
1943 enlisted and served in
Canada's Medical Corps during World War II.
discharged in 1946
Studied English at the University of
BA in 1949,
attaining a Master of Arts degree in 1950.
Earned his PhD at the University of Toronto in 1957.
Mandel worked in the following academic
University of Alberta,
University of Calgary,
Besides his poetry,
he wrote other works such as his 1969 essay
on fellow poet Irving Layton.
Author of 10 volumes of poetry, and 2 Essay
One poem, written in 1977, named "Out of Place"
was about his literal and spiritual return to Estevan.