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Memorable Manitobans: James Thomson Findlay Aitken (1900-1971)

Municipal official.

Born at Elmwood on 23 November 1900, son of Robert Aitken and Margaretta Alexander, he worked at Brown and Rutherford for over 30 years, retiring in the spring of 1970. During the Second World War he served with the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, attaining the rank of Major. Returning from military service, he was Reeve of the Rural Municipality of North Kildonan from 1946 to 1953. During this time the municipality paid off its debt and was the scene of great post-war growth, including new schools, roads and housing development. In June 1932, he married Helen McFaddin of Strathclair. They had two sons. He moved to Rapid City in 1970. He died at Brandon on 30 August 1973 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Aitken guides steps of N. Kildonan”, Winnipeg Free Press, 14 November 1951, page 3.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 14 August 1971, page 33.

Obituary [Helen Isabel Aitken], Winnipeg Free Press, 25 August 2001.

This page was prepared by Christian Cassidy and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 December 2016

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