THE LATE HARRY MEYER KANTOR
December 24 1934 – 18 January 2020
Harry Meyer Kantor, who passed away on Saturday the 18th January 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa, was a highly respected and gifted Lawyer.
After securing his law degree at the University of Cape Town in the 1950s, Harry objected to the apartheid regime in South Africa and moved to the then Rhodesia to practice law. Initially practicing with Greenblatt and Shandling, he and the late Mervyn Immerman subsequently founded the firm of Kantor & Immerman.
Harry practiced law for 56 years with the firm or its predecessors. He was also admitted to practice in South Africa, Lesotho and Victoria State in Australia. During his career, Harry handled many very important transactional and litigation matters involving the representation of many of Zimbabwe’s freedom fighters and political detainees, real estate developments and deceased estates. These include, inter alia, the main Shopping Centre in Avondale which was approved for development as a result of his successful court application on behalf of the owner / developer. His clients included many foreign diplomatic missions and embassies, large corporate entities, both local and foreign and many family owned businesses. Harry also acted for a number of Zimbabwe’s liberation war stalwarts including Dr Fay Chung, and the Late Morris Nyagumbo and Dr Nathan Shamuyarira.
In recognition of the scope and stature of his expertise, his career has included being an external examiner for the Property Conveyancing and Notarial Practice course at the University of Zimbabwe and a member of the Law Development Commission, Honorary Lawyer for the National Gallery of Zimbabwe and of the two Hebrew Congregations in Harare. He was the former Chairman of TN Bank (now Steward Bank) and is Chairman of Gallery Delta. Of great importance to the firm, Harry mentored many younger attorneys to aspire to the same high standards. Many have gone on to succeed in their own right. In 2015, Harry retired from the firm and joined his colleague, Louis Bennett, at the firm of Wilmot & Bennett.
Harry had many interests outside of law. He was deeply committed to Judaism and was on the Board of Sharon School. He was also a marriage officer, performing many marriages. Harry passionately loved both music and art. Lina, his wife, was a concert pianist and the couple attended many classical concerts performed locally. Harry was also a staunch member of the Friends of the Gallery, which supported and raised funds for the National Gallery of which he was a Board Member. Harry was also a keen sportsman, playing tennis, squash and cricket. He loved cycling and participated in long distance cycles around Harare. Harry also loved golf and was a key member of Wingate Golf Club where he handled many matters, pro bono for the Club, and played at every opportunity.
His legacy of a life well lived is forever and may his soul rest in peace. Harry will be sorely missed by all those who knew him. He is survived by his wife Lina, children Gary, Michael and Linda and grandchildren Miranda and Tamsin.