Pechet (family)

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Pechet (family)

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Mayer Pechet was born September 6, 1877 in Bucharest, Romania. In 1902 he married Marie Weisler, (1886-1972) and that year they immigrated to Canada along with Marie's mother, Leibe Herscovitz Weisler, where they settled on a Baron de Hirsch colony near Lipton, Saskatchewan. Mayer opened a tinsmith shop in town, and built the town meeting hall. Eventually, the family settled in Edmonton. Mayer and Marie had eleven children by 1922: Bea Pechet (Dubinsky), a teacher; Sue Pechet (Freedman), a teacher; Sid Pechet, also a teacher; Mishe Pechet (d. 1979), who worked in retail; Rhetta Pechet, a secretary; Gwen Pechet (Hiller), a librarian; Maurice Pechet, who became a doctor; Mel Pechet, an engineer; and Mollye Pechet, who operated a Jewelry store on Jasper Avenue for 30 years. Mayer died in 1952. Eugene Pechet only had a grade 10 education, but bought his first hotel in 1942 and went on to build and operate 22 hotels throughout the West, including the Mayfield Inn and Mayfair Hotel in Edmonton. Eugene married Rose Simkin in 1946. They had two children: Lynn Pechet (Bruser) and Howard. In 1984, Eugene founded the Bank of Alberta, later the Canadian Western Bank. He was honoured with the Pinnacle Award in honour of his many contributions to the citizens of Alberta. Rose Pechet died in 1982.

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