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Memorable Manitobans: William Henry Anderson (1882-1955)

Musician, composer.

Born at London, England on 21 April 1882, he came to Winnipeg in 1910. He served as choir director, teacher, and composer of carols and anthems. He directed the St. Andrew’s River Heights United Church choir and the CBC Choristers from the 1930s to 1954, when ill health forced his retirement. He and his wife Marcelle Louise Roberts (1901-1960) had a daughter Evelyne Louise Anderson. He died at his Winnipeg home, 88 Hillcrest Avenue, on 12 April 1955 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.


“W. H. Anderson, age 73, local composer, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 April 1955, page 9.

“Funeral Thursday for W. H. Anderson,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 April 1955, page 8.

“Mrs. W. Anderson, active in music circles in city,” Winnipeg Tribune, 20 April 1960, page 36.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 February 2019

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