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Memorable Manitobans: Barry Bain (c1900-1975)

Athlete, elevator manager.

Born in Winnipeg, son of Constance Weatherston Bain and William Bain, he was active in Winnipeg’s sports circle and had a 42-year career with Manitoba Pool Elevators. A supporter of midget and bantam hockey in Winnipeg and a founder of the Excelsior Hockey Club, he played junior and intermediate hockey in his youth. In 1923, he helped organize and captained the Grain Exchange Hockey Club (later known as the Winnipegs), which won the Allan Cup. Also a member of the Winnipeg Rowing Club, he attended international competitions winning the Northwestern International Rowing Association championship in Duluth (1921), Winnipeg’s junior and senior sculling crowns (1922), a title at an international competition in Fort William (1923) and another Northwestern title at Winnipeg (1924). He was also a president of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Football Club (1933-1934) and an honorary life member.

In 1916, he took his first job with a commission and elevator firm but quit in 1918 to join the Canadian Air Force. After receiving financial training with the Bank of Montreal, he moved to Vulcan, Alberta to manage a country elevator eventually joining the Manitoba Pool in 1924 as a clerk. He later became an accountant with the Pool (1926), officer manager (1932) and treasurer (1941). In 1965, he retired as Manager of the Northern Canadian Seed Sales Division. He was an honorary life member of the Canadian Seed Trade Association.

He resided at 366 Yale Avenue with his wife Verlie M. Bain. On 6 September 1975, he died at the Deer Lodge Hospital in Winnipeg at the age of 75. He was buried in the Assumption Section of Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Sources:

“Bomber co-founder,” Winnipeg Tribune, 4 November 1948. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10, page 75]

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 8 September 1975, page 16.

This page was prepared by Sarah Ramsden.

Page revised: 7 February 2014

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