Benjamin Dunkelman Plaque Presentation
June 8 @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Heritage Toronto, the Dunkelman family and the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada invite you to the presentation of a plaque honouring the legacy of distinguished military officer and entrepreneur Ben Dunkelman.
Born and raised in Toronto, Ben Dunkelman fought with the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada regiment during the Second World War and, in 1948, he became a commander in the army fighting for the creation of the State of Israel. He returned to Toronto in 1949 with his wife Yael, whom he had married in Israel; they had six children.
Ben was president of Tip Top Tailors, the menswear company founded by his father David, until 1967. With his wife, he operated, among other ventures, the Dunkelman Art Gallery in Yorkville and the popular Dunkelman’s restaurant.
In his later years, Dunkelman remained active at the Island Yacht Club, which he co-founded. He recounted his early life and war service in his 1976 autobiography, Dual Allegiance.
Photograph of Ben and Yael Dunkelman,[ca.1952], probably taken on Mugg’s Island, near site of the IYC. Ben was one of the original founders of the club. Ontario Jewish Archives, fonds 46, box 9-11.
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