Abraham “Al” Sanofsky

Birth: 1921 in Calgary, Alberta

Death: May 12, 1998 (age 76) in Nanaimo, B.C.

Burial: Congregation Emanu-El Cemetery, Victoria, Capital Regional District, British Columbia, Canada

Biography:

BC Death Registration 1998-09-034663
Regimental Sergeant Major The Calgary Highlanders

He married Jessie Switzer in 1938.

From “The Calgary Highlanders 1St Battalion CEF – Former Regimental Sergeants Major of the Calgary Highlanders”

“Al Sanofsky was born in Calgary in 1921 and enlisted in the Canadian Active Service Force at Mewata Armouries on 6 September 1939, as a member of the First Division Ammunition Company, Royal Canadian Army Service Corps. Too young to go overseas at that time, he had to wait until 1940 when he left from Camp Petawawa for the UK with a Nova Scotia unit. He served in Europe until the end of the war, married his wife Jean in 1943, and was discharged in September 1945. He joined the Calgary Fire Department on his return from overseas and rose to the rank of Lieutenant, then Captain.

Joining the Militia in 1946, he was a member of the Canadian contingent that travelled to the UK for the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. As a member of the RCASC, he was promoted to Warrant Officer Class I in 1957, and was the 22 Militia Group RSM from 1959 to 1964, when he transferred to the Calgary Highlanders.
As Regimental Sergeant Major, he played an important role in many historic parades, such as the Trooping of the Colours at the Stampede Corral on 11 April 1965, and the presentation of colours at Currie Barracks on 25 May 1967. He moved on to become Alberta Militia District RSM and, received the second clasp to his Canadian Forces Decoration in June 1973 (recognizing 22 years long service and good conduct), and was made a Member of the Order of Military Merit in 1975 at an investiture at Rideau Hall. In civilian life, Sanofsky had made District Fire Chief and in 1979 was promoted to Division Chief. By the time of his retirement on 1 November 1981, he had earned the Exemplary Service Medal and Clasp, recognizing 35 years of service with the Fire Department. Al Sanofsky is now deceased.”

Gravesite Details: Row G – Plot 7

Inscription:
פּ״נ (Here lies)
Abraham “Al” Sanofsky M.M.M
1921 — 1988
Wonderful Husband * Loving Father
Dedicated Military C.W.O.
Till We Meet Again
ת נ צ ב ה
abbreviation for Biblical quote: “May his soul be bound up in the bond of eternal life.”

Family Members:

  • Parents
    • Jennie Sanofsky (1891–1951)
    • Nathan Sanofsky (1889–1979)
  • Spouse
    • Jessie Switzer Sanofsky (1919–1939)
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