|Place of Birth||Będzin, Poland ?|
|Date of Birth (Eng)||September 25, 1888|
|Date of Birth (Heb)|
|Date of Death (Eng)||October 29, 1967|
|Date of Death (Heb)|
|Age at Death||79|
|Spouse’s Name||Aaron Gotfried|
|Title (e.g., Dr)|
|Religious Status (כ/ל/י)|
|Cause of Death|
|Other Family Data||Had five children, two of whom, Paulette and Michael, died at an early age in Shanghai. The others were Abraham “Abe” (b. December 25, 1907, Lodz, Poland; d. January 11, 1995, Calgary), Sonia (b. 1910, Poland; d. March 10, 2002, Vancouver) and Moshe “Maurice” (b. July 13, 1914, Vladivostok; d. March 22, 1978). |
Maurice worked for Butterfield & Swire in Shanghai in the paint department. He was first married to Ida Mihailovna Shkolnik (b. March 19, 1915, Manchuria) and they had a son named Michael (b. August 1934, Shanghai). Maurice later married a woman named Alice and they had a son named Kenneth (b. 1946).
|Inscription (Eng)||EVA GOTFRIED|
25TH SEPTEMBER 1888
29TH OCTOBER 1967
SADLY MISSED BY
HER DAUGHTER, SONS
|Inscription (Heb)||פ׳ נ׳|
|Historical||Sonia married Jean Piry, who was born in HK and raised in Shanghai, and was once British Columbia’s oldest resident. He died at the age of 107. His paternal grandfather, Pierre Piry, moved to China in 1865 and established the post office in Shanghai.|
Maurice was awarded with many honours for his longstanding service (rising to the rank of Assistant Commissioner) to the Hong Kong Auxiliary Police Force and then to the Royal Hong Kong Auxiliary Police Force including the Colonial Police Medal for Meritorious Service (1961), the Queen’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service (1973), and a Member of the Order of the British Empire (1973).
Abe worked for MGM Films in Tianjin in the 1940s.
A family member wrote on March 6, 2019:
“Aaron Gotfried was an officer on the Russian army and was killed by the Bolsheviks in 1920, presumably in Russia.
“Maurice had one son (Kenneth) with Alice and two sons (Richard and Michael) with Ida. Richard died as a young child. Michael died in Hong Kong. He was a pilot [for Cathay Pacific], married and divorced. His son is married and lives in Australia.”
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