Milton E. Harris

Male, Deceased Person

1927 – 2005

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Who was Milton E. Harris?

Milton E. Harris, OC was a Canadian businessman and founder of Harris Steel Group.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Sam and Jenny Harris, he moved to London, Ontario when he was a few months old. Harris attended St. George’s School and Central Collegiate Institute before receiving a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto in 1949. After his father suffered a heart attack, Harris took over the day-to-day operation of his family's metals trading business established by his great-grandfather in 1886. He founded Harris Steel Group in 1954 in London, Ontario.

Harris was president of the Canadian Jewish Congress from 1983 to 1986. In 1986 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in recognition for having "devoted his energies to community service at various levels, endeavouring to improve the quality of life for all Canadians".

In 1949, he married Ethel whom he met at the University of Toronto. They had three children - Judith, Naomi and David.

He died in 2005 of abdominal cancer in Toronto.

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Born
Jul 26, 1927
Detroit
Spouses
Religion
  • Judaism
Nationality
  • Canada
Education
  • University of Toronto
Died
May 26, 2005
Toronto

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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