Ezra, Cecil

Plot Location2L3
Given Name(s)Cecil (Nahom)
Place of Birth 
Date of Birth (Eng)February 3, 1908
Date of Birth (Heb) 
Date of Death (Eng)December 7, 1995
Date of Death (Heb)14 Kislev 5756
Age at Death87
Hebrew Nameיצחק נחום בן עדוורד יצחק
Spouse’s Name 
Father’s NameEdward Isaac Ezra
Mother’s NameMozelle Robinson Ezra (2J16)
Other Surnames 
Marital StatusS
Maiden Name 
Title (e.g., Dr) 
Religious Status (כ/ל/י) 
Cause of Death 
Other Family DataBrother: Denzil Marcus Ezra (2J17). Uncle: Judah Isaac Ezra (2H26). Aunt: Rachel Ezra Levy (2H7)
Inscription (Eng)CECIL EZRA
Inscription (Heb)מ״ק איש תם וישר הלך לעולמו בזקנה ושיבה טובה המ׳ יצחק נחום בן עדוורד יצחק נ״ע נלב״ע ביום י׳ד כסלו ה׳תשנ״ו ת׳נ׳צ׳ב׳ה׳
Inscription (Other) 
HistoricalCecil’s stepfather, Elias Isaac Ezra, was also his uncle.

Jacob Saul wrote on November 24, 2021:
“Cecil had a lot of energy, was well spoken and thoughtful. His family was fabulously wealthy in Shanghai but they lost it all in 1949. He remained in Shanghai until the 1960s trying to claim his properties from the Chinese government but to no avail. He could discuss at length all the hurdles he had to go through but all he ended up with were worthless deeds. How he survived from 1949 to the ’60s as a foreigner in China is beyond me since all the foreigners had left to HK, the US, etc. He always had a good countenance. We met him hundreds of times and we never once heard a complaint or resentment of his life. He would speak to us children as young adults — a novelty even today.

My father would have him come to his office for lunch and make him part of the group, entertaining his opinions and restoring his self-worth. My father must have known them well from Shanghai since we visited Cecil’s mother (Mrs. Robinson) in Kowloon not infrequently.

“In HK, Cecil would travel by bus among the simple folk; he never lost self-dignity. I believe the Kadoories may have given him an apartment in Peninsula Hotel.

“His brother was Denzil and you could tell in their speech and in their taste in clothes that they had been brought up as princes in Shanghai. I believe Denzil had a fancy clothing store. He was not in good health.

“Unfortunately, many of the Iraqi Jews remained as bachelors for lack of suitable Jewish women. My father was lucky. He was offered a job in an Iraqi Jewish bank in NYC. It turned out to be a ruse for a shidduch (marriage match) he rejected, but eventually met he his wife, our mother.”

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