Laihovetsky, Alexander A.

2B14 - Alexander A. Laihovetsky
Alvena, back row, second from the left, 1933
Alvena, standing in the middle; Elena, seated second from the left, 1938
Plot Location 2B14
Surname Laihovetsky
Given Name(s) Alexander A. (Avraam)
Place of Birth Odessa
Date of Birth (Eng)  
Date of Birth (Heb) circa 1886
Date of Death (Eng) April 4, 1942
Date of Death (Heb)  
Age at Death 55
Hebrew Name אברהם אלאק לאהרסכי
Spouse’s Name Rivca Vera Sirota
Father’s Name Jacob Lyakhovetsky
Mother’s Name Vera Balaban
Other Surnames  
Sex M
Marital Status M
Maiden Name  
Title (e.g., Dr)  
Religious Status (כ/ל/י)  
Cause of Death  
Other Family Data He had three daughters — Zeena (b. 1910, Nikolaev, Ukraine; d. 1990, Sydney), Alvena (b. 1918, Nagasaki; d. 1983, Sydney) and Elena Helen (b. 1920, HK; d. 2002, Toronto). Zeena married local civil servant Henry “Sonny” Martin in 1929. His father had been the HK Postmaster. They named their son Reginald after the governor, Reginald Stubbs. Alvena married Frederick Sydney Wellstead of Melbourne, Australia, on January 7, 1942. Elena Helen married Canadian Charles Henry Schwenger, whom she met in Australia where he was stationed as an airman.
Inscription (Eng) IN LOVING MEMORY OF
Inscription (Heb) המ אברהם אלאק לאהרסכי תנצ”בה
Inscription (Other) “195” on top front right side
Historical Alexander and his family wandered all over Asia (Nagasaki, Shanghai, and finally Hong Kong) where they felt safe until the Japanese invasion. He was a merchant marine captain of the SS Hung On, which sailed between Japan and India. He died in ’42, shortly after the invasion of HK. Rivca, who had returned to his care, sat out the rest of the war in a camp in HK. They were White Russian Jews out of Odessa originally, and had gone east to escape the Communist Revolution.

Grandson Geoff Wellstead wrote on

“A son of Russian Black Sea mill owners, Captain Alexander Laihovetsky and his family happened to be living in Nagasaki at the time of the 1917 Russian revolution. They moved to HK after World War I, then went to Vancouver chicken farming (unsuccessfully) in the early 1920s, but by the mid ’20s were back in Kowloon Tong. He commanded various ships trading between Singapore-Indochina-HK-Chinese ports-Japan.”

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