A BUSI­NESS ICON

Prom­i­nent Glace Bay busi­ness­man passes on.

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE smont­gomery@cb­post.com

El­liot Mar­shall was known as a great friend and busi­ness­man but also as a won­der­ful fa­ther.

Mar­shall, who was known to every­one as Ellie, died in Ottawa, Ont. on Jan. 24 at age 89.

“He was a mar­vel­lous fa­ther,” said Su­san Mar­shall, speak­ing on be­half of her­self and her sis­ter Ch­eryl Cohen, who both re­side in Ottawa.

“He was at­ten­tive, he was car­ing, he al­ways wanted us to be happy.”

Mar­shall and her sis­ter grew up in the fam­ily’s cloth­ing store in Glace Bay and they re­mem­ber their fa­ther hold­ing court in the back of the store.

“Peo­ple use to say Daddy was the mayor of Glace Bay without the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties that went with it,” said Mar­shall. “He was a peo­ple per­son.”

Mar­shall said their par­ents closed the cloth­ing store in 1998 and moved to Ottawa to be close to their daugh­ters. Their mother He­len died eight years ago.

“He re­ally cared about peo­ple and when you had a con­ver­sa­tion with him you knew that he cared about what you were say­ing be­cause the ques­tions he asked you showed he had re­ally lis­tened to what you were telling him,” she said.

“We were very lucky to have him for a dad, a lot of peo­ple loved him and he was ours.”

Re­tired Glace Bay busi­ness­man Ray­mond Gold­man, who re­sides in both Glace Bay and Ottawa, de­scribed Mar­shall as, “a close friend and men­tor.”

“He was kind and very well liked,” Gold­man said. “He was my men­tor, my coach in English rugby.”

Gold­man met Mar­shall at the Glace Bay syn­a­gogue, Con­gre­ga­tion Sons of Is­rael, when Mar­shall was its pres­i­dent.

Gold­man said Mar­shall was a long­time re­spected busi­ness­man in the com­mu­nity.

“They were in busi­ness back in the ’20s more than 90 years ago. It was in his fam­ily’s name 75 years or so.”

Be­fore leav­ing Glace Bay, Mar­shall wrote a book en­ti­tled “Once Upon a Story.”

“It’s a good read, about his fam­ily life, his friends and neigh­bours,” he said adding, “Ellie was a real good man.” Mar­shall was in­volved with many or­ga­ni­za­tions in­clud­ing the United Is­rael Ap­peal and made sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to the Glace Bay Down­town De­vel­op­ment Corp. and the Glace Bay His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety.

Ce­cil Sac­cary, chair of the Glace Bay Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion, said he knew Ellie Mar­shall most of his life.

“He al­ways pre­sented him­self well in pub­lic, was a friend to every­one.”

Sac­cary learned the tai­lor­ing trade form Johnny Rose who was the main tai­lor for many cloth­ing stores in Glace Bay. When Rose re­tired, Sac­cary took over the tai­lor shop and as a re­sult got to know Mar­shall.

He saw first-hand how Mar­shall did a lot for a lot of peo­ple.

“The Mar­shall fam­ily were good peo­ple who did a lot for the com­mu­nity, a lot of things un­known to most peo­ple,” he said.

“Ellie was a busi­ness­man first and fore­most, but he was a good man, a straight shooter, al­ways fair to me.”

Mar­shall’s was lo­cated on Com­mer­cial Street where Just Cuts is to­day and at one time Mar­shall’s wife He­len owned the store next door and spe­cial­ized in wed­ding dresses.

Wayne De­bi­son of Glace Bay re­mem­bers fre­quent­ing Mar­shall’s cloth­ing store as a young man and re­calls Mar­shall as a kind man who treated every­one well.

“You’d go in there, he’d al­ways be smil­ing and help­ful,” he said. “You could find any­thing you’d need in that store, that’s the place every­one went.”

De­bi­son said he’d of­ten hear how good Mar­shall was to peo­ple.

“If you couldn’t pay for things you could just put it on a tab and then when you’d get the money you could pay for it,” he added.

“The Mar­shall fam­ily were good peo­ple who did a lot for the com­mu­nity, a lot of things un­known to most peo­ple. Ellie was a busi­ness­man first and fore­most, but he was a good man, a straight shooter, al­ways fair to me.” Ce­cil Sac­cary, chair, Glace Bay Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion

SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE/CAPE BRE­TON POST

The Just Cuts build­ing in down­town Glace Bay once housed El­liot Mar­shall’s cloth­ing store while the Venice Pizze­ria lo­ca­tion was once home to his wife He­len’s store that spe­cial­ized in wed­ding gowns. El­liot Mar­shall, a long­time busi­ness­man in the com­mu­nity, died last month in Ottawa.

El­liot Mar­shall wrote “Once Upon a Story” be­fore leav­ing Glace Bay in 1998 to move to Ottawa to be near his daugh­ters. Mar­shall can be seen in the lower right corner of the book cover.

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