James (Jimmy) Kay was born in Winnipeg on April 30, 1922 to Fanny and Sam. He was a lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Army Services Corporation during the second World War. Jimmy married Elaine Cheslow in 1963 and they had four children: Wendy, Sean, Allyson, and Melanie.
After completing his education in commerce and finishing his term in the Army, Jimmy formed a partnership with the Posluns family, which resulted in the creation of Dylex Limited. Together they created the largest specialty clothing retail business in Canada, with over 300 stores from coast to coast. Dylex Limited also purchased Tip Top Tailors from the Dunkelman family.
Jimmy Kay was president of Jewish National Fund from 1973 to 1975.
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Photograph of James F. Kay taken at Gilbert Studios.
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