Roger Obata

Roger Obata

Son of Tami Obata. Gave evidence in Bird Commission case file number 1071, which is that of his mother. Custodian file number 12893. (Source: lac_rg33-69_volume_54_file_1071)
He was born on 20 April 1915. He was an electrical engineer employed by Cansfield Electrical Works Limited. His family includes Mary Obata [also named in the file as Tani Obata, possibly Tami Obata] (mother; nee Mary Ishiwata) and Clarence Obata (father; deceased at time of file). His home addresses are listed as 89 Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto, ON and 340 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto, ON. Based on correspondence in the file, in 1945, he was on active service, stationed at Brantford, ON. In 1946 he was at Research Section, Camp Ritchie, Maryland, USA. His listed seized property includes a radio and a combination radio and gramophone.


Regularized NameRoger Obata
Custodian Identification Number12893
NationalityCanadian born


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